fu|gi|tive

fu|gi|tive
fu|gi|tive «FYOO juh tihv», noun, adjective.
–n.
1. a person who is running away or has run away from danger, an enemy, justice: »

The escaped convict became a fugitive from justice.

2. a person who intends flight: »

The fugitive had already packed and bought his ticket.

3. a person who leaves or is banished from his country; exile; refugee: »

Fugitives crossed the border by night to escape arrest.

4. Figurative. something fleeting or elusive: »

that airy fugitive called wit. His dream remained a fugitive, always eluding his grasp.

5. Obsolete. a deserter.
–adj.
1. running away or having run away; runaway: »

a fugitive slave. A fugitive and gracious light he seeks. Shy to illumine (Matthew Arnold).

2. Figurative. lasting only a very short time; passing swiftly; fleeting: »

fugitive bliss.

SYNONYM(S): evanescent.
3. moving from place to place; shifting; roving.
4. Figurative. dealing with subjects of temporary interest; occasional: »

They indulged in fits of fugitive conversation.

5. quickly fading: »

fugitive colors.

6. readily escaping: »

fugitive odors.

7. soon falling: »

fugitive flowers or petals.

[< Middle French fugitive, learned borrowing from Latin fugitīvus < fugere to flee]
fu´gi|tive|ly, adverb.
fu´gi|tive|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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