prodigal son

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the prodigal son

One who has returned after spending time away doing or pursuing something that was not condoned by the family or organization they had left, and who is now repentant for their actions. The phrase comes from a parable in the Bible about a son who leaves his father to seek his fortune and returns humbled. Well, looky here, the prodigal son has returned. Guess you didn't like that fancy new company that poached you last year.
See also: prodigal, son

prodigal son

a person who leaves home to lead a spendthrift and extravagant way of life but later makes a repentant return.
The biblical parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15: 11–32 tells the story of the spendthrift younger son of a wealthy man who leaves home and wastes all his money. When he repents of his extravagant ways and returns home, he is joyfully welcomed back by his father. See also kill the fatted calf (at fatted).
See also: prodigal, son

a/the prodigal ˈson

(formal, disapproving or humorous) a person who leaves home as a young man and wastes his money and time on a life of pleasure, but who is later sorry about this and returns to his family: All the family went to the airport to welcome home the prodigal son.This expression comes from a story in the Bible.
See also: prodigal, son
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The prodigal son focused on his father's love and not on his sins.
God, represented well by the father of the parable, accepts every prodigal son who returns to him.
The two Pigeons, presented by the Birmingham troupe, may at times seem overripe for today's audiences with its corny story about a young artist who leaves his girlfriend to cavort with gypsies, only to return as the prodigal son.
Nouwen zeroes in on every character in the biblical parable: the younger son who goes away and comes back, the elder son who becomes so resentful and jealous, and the father who throws a huge party when the prodigal son returns.
The prodigal son, the infamous sinner-come-back-to-life of Luke's gospel, made that journey.
BOTTOM ROW Evil as metaphor: Maria Calegari enthroned in triumph as the seductive siren in the NYCB production of George Balanchine's Prodigal Son.
The gospel reading of the prodigal son would seem to be pleasingly straightforward for homilists, but its subtle layers can be tricky.
Yet the taste for the full-evening work (please, never "full-length," for what is, say, Prodigal Son, if not full-length?
The parables of Lazarus and Dives, the good Samaritan, and the prodigal son induce guilt--guilt in those who identified with Dives or the brother of the prodigal son; guilt in those who justified the priest and the Levite in passing by the robbery victim.
Even less likely is a revival of what ironically was probably his very best ballet--a total choreographic reworking for de Basil's Ballet Russe in 1938 of George Balanchine's The Prodigal Son, complete with Prokofiev score and even the old Georges Rouault designs.
Let's celebrate the leper who did return, the lamb who was found, or maybe the prodigal son.
He penned the librettos for George Balanchine's Prodigal Son, La Chatte, and Cotillon, co-founded with Balanchine the short-lived Ballets 1933, and later helped Roland Petit launch Les Ballets des Champs-Elysees, which he served in its infancy as artistic director.