Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 818 (Prodigality)

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#818. Prodigality.-- N. prodigality, prodigence|; unthriftiness[obs], waste; profusion, profuseness; extravagance; squandering &c. v.; malversation.

prodigal; spendthrift, waste thrift; losel[obs], squanderer[obs], locust; high roller* [U.S.].

V. be prodigal &c. adj.; squander, lavish, sow broadcast; pour forth like water; blow, blow in*; pay through the nose &c. (dear) 814; spill, waste, dissipate, exhaust, drain, eat out of house and home, overdraw, outrun the constable; run out, run through; misspend; throw good money after bad, throw the helve after the hatchet[obs]; burn the candle at both ends; make ducks and drakes of one's money; fool away one's money, potter away one's money, muddle away one's money, fritter away one's money, throw away one's money, run through one's money; pour water into a sieve, kill the goose that lays the golden eggs; manger son ble en herbe[Fr].

Adj. prodigal, profuse, thriftless, unthrifty, improvident, wasteful, losel[obs], extravagant, lavish, dissipated, overliberal; full-handed &c. (liberal) 816.

penny wise and pound foolish.

Adv. with an unsparing hand; money burning a hole in one's pocket.

Phr. amor nummi [Latin]; facile largiri de alieno[Lat]; wie gewonnen so zerronnen [German]; les fous font les festins et les sages les mangent [French]; "spendthrift alike of money and of wit" [Cowper]; "squandering wealth was his peculiar art" [Dryden]. 817a from parsimony, frugality -->