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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 Pharisees had also defined Jesus in their own judgmental and derogatory terms, calling him "a friend of sinners" because he addressed the concerns of those who were prodigals.
Military musical The Prodigals, which starred leading West End actor Simon Bowman, ran for two weeks from August 30 to September 14; while the RSC's Richard II opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in October before transferring to The Barbican in London.
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A third aim, consistently returned to throughout the study, is to dislodge or at least to complicate the portrait of Gascoigne as a Reformed Prodigal.
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Richard Helgerson suggests that stories of prodigals embodied the ongoing conflict between the two Renaissance traditions of "civic humanism and courtly romance," in which "Humanism represented paternal expectation, and romance, rebellious desire" (41).
The Prodigals tells the story of a colonel's unconditional love for his two sons - Mike, an army captain battling to destroy opium poppy fields in Afghanistan; and Kyle, a self-destructive rock star fuelling his band's gigs with heroin.
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Directed by Joe Harmston said: "We are so pleased to be opening The Prodigals at the Belgrade.
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