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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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Wordsworth's sonnet typically begins with an apparent plenitude (conveyed, just as in his sonnet on Westminster Bridge, through negation)--"While not a leaf seems faded; while the fields,/with ripening harvest prodigally fair"--and then reveals that this fullness in fact covers up for death: "this nipping air, / Sent from some distant clime where Winter wields / His icy scimitar, a foretaste yields / Of bitter change.
Fundamentalism is prodigally dissipating the Christian culture accretion of centuries, a serious sin," cried Harold Ockenga, a decade ago.
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.
Prodigally, Eric Ormsby has spurned that advice, electing in many instances to use the ten-dollar word where the bargain one might do.
The one who promised God's wrath on those who do not keep his Commandments is the same who taught that God is a father who loves his children prodigally and without condition.
Modigliani retained control of his drawings (some of which were among his best works) which he continued to give prodigally away or to sell for five francs or a drink or two in the cafes of Montparnasse.
Petersburg, first as a dancer (1847) and then as a prodigally productive choreographer of over fifty ballets, between 1855 and 1903.