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prodigal

adjective careless, dissipated, dissipative, excessive, extravagant, heedless, immoderate, imprudent, intemperate, lavish, liberal, profligate, reckless, spendthrift, squandering, thriftless, unbridled, uneconomical, unrestrained, unthrifty, wanton, wasteful
See also: dissolute, generous, improvident, inordinate, liberal, needless, portentous, profligate, profuse, superfluous, unrestrained

PRODIGAL, civil law, persons. Prodigals were persons who, though of full age, were incapable of managing their affairs, and of the obligations which attended them, in consequence of their bad conduct, and for whom a curator was therefore appointed.
     2. In Pennsylvania, by act of assembly, an habitual drunkard is deprived of the management of his affairs, when he wastes his property, and his estate is placed in the bands of a committee.

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The prodigal sons who come to their father's house for the Bread of Life discover this limit if they kneel to receive Communion.
The recent synod on the family can be described as an attempt to make the Church present to those who, like the prodigal son, are mired in misery.
Brendtro (President of Reclaiming Youth International), Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons And Daughters: A Practical Approach For Connecting With Youth In Conflict is an excellent introduction and cogent exploration of individuals and groupings of youth and the four-step plan for reaching out in an attempt to assist them.
FOR the first time in 10 years, Liverpool's own prodigal sons return.
It promises to be a glorious mix of old hits and some of their new work from the latest album, Prodigal Sons.
SCOTLAND'S prodigal sons were back on home turf after two years away to launch the first night of their European Tour.
Bloom says the event that symbolizes the end of the New York intellectuals was the publication in 1967 of Norman Podhoretz's Making It (though Prodigal Sons is written in scrupulously neutral academic prose, Bloom seems not to like Podhoretz), because it announced that the intellectuals were now just like everybody else.
For most of the period recounted in Prodigal Sons, the New York intellectuals, while anything but denatured Jews, were ashamed of being Jewish.
Shepard ties Buried Child not only to Desire under the Elms, but also to the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).
Buried Child draws not only on the parable of the Prodigal Son, but also on agricultural myth similar to that found in Oedipus the King (ca.
IT is my purpose in this essay to explore Shakespeare's use of the parable of the prodigal son in The Merchant of Venice and to analyze it in relation to what Alan R.
I begin by examining thoroughly the similarities in plot and structure between the parable of the prodigal son and The Merchant of Venice in order to establish the parable as an important component in Shakespeare's conception of the play and to provide sufficient background for the analysis that follows.