(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. wanton, reckless, wild, intemperate; extravagant, wasteful. —n. roué, rake, libertine, lecher, reprobate; wastrel, spendthrift, squanderer, playboy. See waste, impurity, evildoer. Ant., economical.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. dissolute, abandoned, depraved; see lewd 2 , wicked 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[PROF luh git]
shamelessly immoral. Also, extravagant and wasteful.
His profligate lifestyle left him penniless and miserable.
SYN.: immoral, shameless, debauched, wild, wanton, degenerate, promiscuous, fast, loose, abandoned, unbridled, extravagant, wasteful, excessive, prodigal, lavish, immoderate.
ANT.: moral, virtuous, principled, thrifty, economical
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Lacking in moral restraint: abandoned, dissipated, dissolute, fast, gay, incontinent, licentious, rakish, unbridled, unconstrained, uncontrolled, ungoverned, uninhibited, unrestrained, wanton, wild. See RESTRAINT. 2. Characterized by excessive or imprudent spending: extravagant, lavish, prodigal, profuse, spendthrift, wasteful. See CAREFUL, EXCESS, SAVE. II noun 1. An immoral or licentious person: libertine, rake1, wanton. See SEX. 2. A person who spends money or resources wastefully: prodigal, scattergood, spendthrift, waster, wastrel. See SAVE.

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