Prodigal vs. Spendthrift

Prodigal vs. Spendthrift — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Prodigal and Spendthrift

Prodigaladjective

wastefully extravagant.

He found himself guilty of prodigal spending during the holidays.He is a prodigal son.

Spendthriftadjective

Improvident, profligate, or wasteful.

Prodigaladjective

someone yielding profusely, lavish

She was a merry person, glad and prodigal of smiles.How can he be so prodigal with money on such a tight budget?

Spendthriftadjective

Extravagant or lavish.

Prodigaladjective

profuse, lavishly abundant

Spendthriftnoun

Someone who spends money improvidently or wastefully.

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Prodigaladjective

(by allusion to the Biblical parable of the prodigal son) returning after abandoning a person, group, or ideal, especially for selfish reasons; being a prodigal son.

Spendthriftnoun

someone who spends money prodigally

Prodigalnoun

A prodigal person, a spendthrift.

Spendthriftadjective

recklessly wasteful;

prodigal in their expenditures

Prodigalnoun

a recklessly extravagant consumer

Prodigaladjective

very generous;

distributed gifts with a lavish handthe critics were lavish in their praisea munificent gifthis father gave him a half-dollar and his mother a quarter and he thought them munificentprodigal praiseunsparing generosityhis unstinted devotioncalled for unstinting aid to Britain
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Prodigaladjective

recklessly wasteful;

prodigal in their expenditures

Prodigaladjective

marked by rash extravagance;

led a prodigal life