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
  1. adjective
    unrestrained by convention or morality
    synonyms: debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, riotous
    deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
  2. adjective
    recklessly wasteful
    synonyms: extravagant, prodigal, spendthrift
    tending to squander and waste
  3. noun
    a dissolute man in fashionable society
    synonyms: blood, rake, rakehell, rip, roue
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    type of:
    debauchee, libertine, rounder
    a dissolute person; usually a man who is morally unrestrained
  4. noun
    a recklessly extravagant consumer
    synonyms: prodigal, squanderer
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    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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