Profligate vs Sensual - What's the difference?

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Profligate is a related term of sensual.

As adjectives the difference between profligate and sensual

is that profligate is (obsolete) overthrown, ruined while sensual is inducing pleasurable and/or erotic sensations.

As a noun profligate

is an abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person.

As a verb profligate

is (obsolete) to drive away; to overcome.




(en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Overthrown, ruined.
  • * Hudibras
  • The foe is profligate , and run.
  • Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly.
  • * 2013 , Ben Smith, "[]", BBC Sport , 19 October 2013:
  • Jay Rodriguez headed over and Dani Osvaldo might have done better with only David De Gea to beat and, as Southampton bordered on the profligate , United were far more ruthless.
  • Immoral; abandoned to vice.
  • * Roscommon
  • a race more profligate than we
  • * Dryden
  • Made prostitute and profligate muse.


    * (inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly) extravagant, wasteful, prodigal * immoral, licentious * See also

    Derived terms

    * profligateness


    (en noun)
  • An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person.
  • An overly wasteful or extravagant individual.
  • Synonyms

    * (overly wasteful or extravagant individual) wastrel * See also and


  • (obsolete) To drive away; to overcome.
  • * 1840 , Alexander Walker, Woman Physiologically Considered as to Mind, Morals, Marriage, Matrimonial Slavery, Infidelity and Divorce , page 157:
  • Such a stipulation would remove one powerful temptation to profligate pennyless seducers, of whom there are too many prowling in the higher circles ;


    * overcome



    Alternative forms

    * sensuall (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • Inducing pleasurable and/or erotic sensations.
  • That massage was a very sensual experience!
  • (not comparable) Of or pertaining to the physical senses; sensory.
  • Plato believed that this sensual world in which we live is inferior to the heavenly realm.


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