Profligate, as a noun or as an adjective, implies recklessly wasting your money on extravagant luxury. Profligate behavior is a lot of fun, but you'll regret it later — when you get your charge card bill.

Any time someone behaves in a reckless, amoral, or wasteful way, they are engaging in profligate behavior. It usually refers to financial behavior but can cross over to social activity as well. A person who is a slave to their cravings and whose behavior is unrestrained and selfish can be called a profligate. Extravagantly profligate behavior is often wildly fun but usually comes with a heavy price to pay in the morning, both financially and morally.

Definitions of profligate

adj unrestrained by convention or morality

debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, riotous
deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong

adj recklessly wasteful

extravagant, prodigal, spendthrift
tending to squander and waste

n a dissolute man in fashionable society

blood, rake, rakehell, rip, roue
Type of:
debauchee, libertine, rounder
a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained

n a recklessly extravagant consumer

prodigal, squanderer
scattergood, spend-all, spender, spendthrift
someone who spends money prodigally
waster, wastrel
someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently
big spender, high roller
one who spends lavishly and ostentatiously on entertainment
Type of:
a person who uses goods or services

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