Prodigal vs Dissipation - What's the difference?

prodigal | dissipation |

As nouns the difference between prodigal and dissipation

is that prodigal is a prodigal person, a spendthrift while dissipation is the act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.

As an adjective prodigal

is wastefully extravagant.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en adjective)
  • wastefully extravagant.
  • He found himself guilty of prodigal spending during the holidays.
    He is a prodigal son.
  • (often, followed by of or with) 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?
  • profuse, lavishly abundant
  • returning after abandoning a person, group, or ideal, especially for selfish reasons; being a prodigal son.
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    * (a prodigal person) frugal

    Derived terms

    * prodigal son


    (en noun)
  • A prodigal person, a spendthrift.
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    (en noun)
  • The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • without loss or dissipation of the matter
  • * Sir M. Hale
  • the famous dissipation of mankind
  • A dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in vicious indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness.
  • * P. Henry
  • to reclaim the spendthrift from his dissipation and extravagance
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  • A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Prevented from finishing them [the letters] a thousand avocations and dissipations .
  • (physics) A loss of energy, usually as heat, from a dynamic system