Profligacy - Berry's New Testament Synonyms


ἀσωτία, ἀσέλγεια.

The fundamental idea of ἀσωτία is "wastefulness and riotous excess; of ἀσέλγεια, lawless insolence and wanton caprice" (Trench). ἀσωτία means reckless and extravagant expenditure, chiefly for the gratification of one's sensual desires. It denotes a dissolute, profligate course of life. In ἀσέλγεια also there is included the idea of profligacy, often of lasciviousness, but the fundamental thought is the acknowledging of no restraints, the insolent doing of whatever one's caprice may suggest.