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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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This article explores the reading of the Prodigal Son's self-talk though the lenses of a metacognitive-dialogical paradigm.
In the prodigal's parable, the father, the prodigal son, and the older brother, were given voices by the One who knows what occurs in the mind of every person (see Mt.
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This was followed by the publication that first established the Reformed Prodigal label, The Glasse of Government, which Austen identifies as "a rare example of the Dutch Prodigal Son play" (103).
A passing of the mantle, then, marked this season's opening program when Franklin Gamero as the Prodigal stepped beyond the paternal threshold of Rouault's set and leapt aloft on the Prokofiev score toward the wild, wild world.
Yet according to that premise, even such feckless or unfilial prodigals as Launcelot, Jessica, Gratiano,(16) and Bassanio must be forgiven, along with the more virtuous Portia and Antonio, while Shylock the Jew, the arrogant pagan Prince of Morocco, and the self-regarding Prince of Arragon may not.
On the contrary, the variety of moral shadings in the different prodigals and self-righteous characters brings into sharp focus the paradoxes of salvation that are inherent in the parable itself.
Ex-military policeman and actor Brendan Riding has been involved with The Prodigals since auditions for the critically-acclaimed original workshop production at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011.
The funeral scene in The Prodigals is based on my own experience of being there for my mates.
The Prodigals tells the story of a regimental father who struggles to balance his love for his two very sons; one has been fighting in Afghanistan, while the other has hit rock bottom after touring with his drug fuelled band.
Prodigal Sons (Big Sky Films): Filmmaker Kimberly Reed's unflinching documentary, Prodigal Sons, has won raves everywhere because it's an astonishing look at family dysfunction.