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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.
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.
In contrast with Tobias, though, the prodigal son cannot cure his father's blindness.
The Prodigal Son, like all parables, is an allegory.
In this week's three-part programme, Prokofiev's The Prodigal Son (originally commissioned for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1929) was a total triumph with Robert Parker giving a strong, thoughtful performance as the Prodigal, partnered by the exceptional Molly Smolen as the Siren.
The two Pigeons, presented by the Birmingham troupe, may at times seem overripe for today's audiences with its corny story about a young artist who leaves his girlfriend to cavort with gypsies, only to return as the prodigal son.
Luke conveys the same message in three parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin--in which God is represented by a woman, a fact virtually unknown and ignored in most churches--and the prodigal son.
To illustrate the forgiveness of God, Jesus related the tale of the Prodigal Son, the younger of two boys who took his share of the family's wealth, spent it all on loose living, and returned home shame-faced and repentant.
The pieces include A Thousand Years, with flies hatching from a rotting cow's head, and The Prodigal Son, a bisected calf, which are worth pounds 3million.
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At Latvian House, closing night's mix of Sammo Hung's martial arts flick, The Prodigal Son, with hip hop spun by DJ IXL and DJ Excess dazzled the audience.

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