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nounPhilosophy Ancient Greek History
A prodigal or licentious person; = "akolast"rare.
adjectivePhilosophy Ancient Greek History
Prodigal, licentious; (in early use also) †incorrigible.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From post-classical Latin Acolastus and (especially in later use) its etymon ancient Greek ἀκόλαστος + -ic.
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