American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Running away or fleeing, as from the law.
- adj. Lasting only a short time; fleeting: "[His] house and burial place ... should be visited by all who profess even a fugitive interest in political economy” ( John Kenneth Galbraith).
- adj. Difficult to comprehend or retain; elusive: fugitive solutions to the problem.
- adj. Given to change or disappearance; perishable: fugitive beauty.
- adj. Of temporary interest: fugitive essays.
- adj. Tending to wander; vagabond.
- n. One who flees; a refugee.
- n. Something fleeting or ephemeral.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fleeing or having fled from danger or pursuit, from duty or service, etc.; escaping; runaway: as, a fugitive criminal or horse.
- Wandering; vagabond.
- Staying or lasting but a short time; fleeting; not fixed or durable; readily escaping; fugacious: as, a fugitive idea; fugitive odors; fugitive colors.
- In lit. of fleeting interest or importance; temporary; occasional: said of compositions, generally short, written for some passing occasion or purpose.
- In zoology and botany, same as fugacious.
- n. One who flees; a runaway; a deserter; specifically, one who has fled from duty, danger, or restraint to a place of safety or of concealment: as, a fugitive from the battlefield; a fugitive from justice.
- n. Anything hard to be caught or detained.
- n. A person who is fleeing or escaping from something
- adj. fleeing or running away
- adj. transient, fleeting or ephemeral
- adj. elusive or difficult to retain
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping, from service, duty etc.
- adj. Not fixed; not durable; liable to disappear or fall away; volatile; uncertain; evanescent; liable to fade; -- applied to material and immaterial things
- n. One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service, duty, etc.; a deserter.
- n. Something hard to be caught or detained.
- adj. lasting for a markedly brief time
- n. someone who flees from an uncongenial situation
- n. someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice
- From Old French fugitif. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fugitif, from Old French, from Latin fugitīvus, from fugitus, past participle of fugere, to flee. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“These are things easily obtained in their freshness, but the term fugitive is too expressive of their nature, and after a generation or two they have all flown away, save those which the book-hunter has exorcised into the vaults of some public collection.”
“Bubbe used the word fugitive, which was the name of her second favorite TV show, next to Perry Mason.”
“It is not for me to put my finger on the sore; but, alack! we all know that young maidens are what I call fugitive essences.”
“It is scarcely questioned that this provision was intended by those who made it for the reclaiming of what we call fugitive slaves; and the intention of the lawgiver is the law.”
“It is scarcely questioned that this provision was intended by those who made it for the re-claiming of what we call fugitive slaves; and the intention of the lawgiver is the law.”
“These pieces appeared in fugitive newspapers and magazines, most of them short-lived, virtually all long ago defunct, have never before appeared in book form and are, therefore, available to the general reader for the first time.”
“She spent the rest of the war a fugitive from the Nazis.”
“That goes even more for the second part of the volume, The Fugitive, where the identity of the titular fugitive is much less immediately apparent, and the book starts off with loads of vicariously reported hot girl-on-girl action, and then spins out into a detailed and honest examination of the psychology of loss, with some very good sentences that almost qualify as one-liners.”
“Note 49: Masson was intelligent and articulate, a prolific correspondent, but a deserter or fugitive from the Indian Army with criminal claims standing against him in British territory.”
“Aniline dyes in older rugs and carpets are often referred to as fugitive dyes.”
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