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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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In his close reading of the six sonnets of the tenzone in Chapter 2, Alfie brings to light themes which were also prominent in Rustico's verse: the purposeful mingling of sexual and political insults and the close ties between drunkenness, prodigality, and poverty.
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Structurally, the work is divided into six chapters: I, "The Myth of the Golden Age"; II, "The Figure of Saturn in Dante's Divine Comedy"; III, "Dante's Search for the Golden Age: Avarice and Justice"; IV, "Henry VII and the Dream of a new Golden Age"; V, "The Medusa as Cupiditas"; and, VI, "Avarice and Prodigality among the Suicides.
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Economically they prefer the European fiscal discipline, reasoning that American prodigality will shift much burden of adjustment onto them.
His attitude speaks of the prodigality of European exploitation in a victimized society.
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Regarding the extremes, Aristotle considers prodigality as limited by circumstances; but in its most severe sense, it involves fanatical attempts to acquire money.
The security and military apparatuses know there is discontent towards inheritance of power, especially with increased talk of the prodigality of those around him and suspicions of corruption by those around him," Gad said.
their prodigality making the people impose upon them, to the making the rest of us pay the dearer for what we bought'.
Holberg thus reveals a theological framework that readers may have missed and identifies how the conflicts powering the novel complicate any simple notions of prodigality at work in the Ames and Boughton narratives.
Ultimately this medical anxiety revealed the implicit lurking notion of the sexual prodigality of women.
Obeying the commandment means that we hasten not to heap up wealth cruelly wrung from the blood of others; [not] by means lawful and unlawful eagerly scraping together whatever may glut our avarice or meet our prodigality, but rather contributing to the relief of those whom we see under the pressure of difficulties; assisting them out of our abundance.
Of all the mischiefs that arise from financial prodigality, Gladstone wrote over a century ago, none is more dangerous than the fact that "they creep onwards with a noiseless and a stealthy step .