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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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September, 1815 While not a leaf seems faded; while the fields, With ripening harvest prodigally fair, In brightest sunshine bask; this nipping air, Sent from some distant clime where Winter wields His icy scimitar, a foretaste yields Of bitter change, and bids the flowers beware; And whispers to the silent birds, 'Prepare Against the threatening foe your trustiest shields.
That's quite a waste, given a cast that is the most significant of the many resources prodigally lavished by Manhattan Theater Club on this long, labored and hollow comedy.
But for most, semen is that male milk, to be given unstintingly, like champagne poured out prodigally, like the seed the meadows scatter to the winds.
95) The prodigally gifted painter, who never declared his sexuality but who is thought to have had at least one same-sex love, is celebrated for his tactile appreciation for all things beautiful--in other words, his gay sensibility (December)
Fundamentalism is prodigally dissipating the Christian culture accretion of centuries, a serious sin," cried Harold Ockenga, a decade ago.
Now he stood face to face with Greder herself: the tyrant of Khoren Four, she who was spending so prodigally on entertainments for the curia.
Now, with Soviet ballet no longer even Soviet, the Kirov has proved eager to acquire the repertory of their prodigally gifted son.
Cardozo once delivered a commencement address in which he stated: "The submergence of self in the pursuit of an ideal, the readiness to spend oneself without measure, prodigally, almost ecstatically, for something intuitively apprehended as great and noble, spend oneself one knows not why--some of us like to believe that is what religion means.
In the meantime, Sofia and Esteban are erotically and prodigally attracted to him as an alternative "father" and as a foreign source of their own self-realization.
108) The answer to this question is found in accepting the fact of choice, and then choosing, as did Brahe, "[t]he submergence of self in the pursuit of an ideal, the readiness to spend oneself without measure, prodigally, almost ecstatically, for something intuitively apprehended as great and noble, spend oneself one knows not why.
Analogously, many peoples have used energy, often prodigally, to control land and indigenous races.
Prodigally, Eric Ormsby has spurned that advice, electing in many instances to use the ten-dollar word where the bargain one might do.