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fu·gi·tive

 (fyo͞o′jĭ-tĭv)
adj.
1.
a. Running away or fleeing, as from the law.
b. Of or relating to fugitives: "My brother ... was on the fugitive squad, tracking draft dodgers" (James Carroll).
2.
a. 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).
b. Difficult to comprehend or retain; elusive: fugitive solutions to the problem.
c. Given to change or disappearance; perishable: fugitive beauty; fugitive tint.
d. Of temporary interest: "Apart from juvenilia and fugitive verses, his poetic legacy consists of only some seventy poems" (Daniel Hoffman).
3. Wandering or tending to wander; vagabond: "We also chanced upon fugitive monks, penniless pilgrims and tradesmen" (Jeanne Marie Laskas).
n.
1. A person who flees, especially from a legal process, persecution, or danger.
2. Something fleeting or ephemeral.

[Middle English fugitif, from Old French, from Latin fugitīvus, from fugitus, past participle of fugere, to flee.]

fu′gi·tive·ly adv.
fu′gi·tive·ness n.

fugitive

(ˈfjuːdʒɪtɪv)
n
1. a person who flees
2. a thing that is elusive or fleeting
adj
3. fleeing, esp from arrest or pursuit
4. not permanent; fleeting; transient
5. moving or roving about
[C14: from Latin fugitīvus fleeing away, from fugere to take flight, run away]
ˈfugitively adv
ˈfugitiveness n

fu•gi•tive

(ˈfyu dʒɪ tɪv)

n.
1. a person who is fleeing from prosecution or intolerable circumstances.
adj.
2. having taken flight, or run away: a fugitive convict.
3. fleeting; transitory.
4. dealing with subjects of passing interest, as writings; ephemeral: fugitive essays.
5. wandering, roving, or vagabond.
[1350–1400; Middle English fugitif < Old French < Latin fugitīvus fleeing]
fu′gi•tive•ly, adv.
fu′gi•tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fugitive - someone who flees from an uncongenial situation; "fugitives from the sweatshops"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.fugitive - someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice
absconder - a fugitive who runs away and hides to avoid arrest or prosecution
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
escapee - someone who escapes
Adj.1.fugitive - lasting for a markedly brief timefugitive - lasting for a markedly brief time; "a fleeting glance"; "fugitive hours"; "rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass"; "a momentary glimpse"
short - primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration; "a short life"; "a short flight"; "a short holiday"; "a short story"; "only a few short months"

fugitive

noun
1. runaway, refugee, deserter, escapee, runagate (archaic) He was a fugitive from justice.
adjective
1. momentary, short, passing, brief, fleeing, temporary, fleeting, unstable, short-lived, transient, flitting, ephemeral, transitory, evanescent, fugacious, flying Love is as fugitive and insubstantial as smoke, yet we all pursue it.

fugitive

adjective
1. Fleeing or having fled, as from home, confinement, captivity, or justice:
noun
One who flees, as from home, confinement, captivity, or justice:
Translations
هارِب
uprchlík
flygtningflygtig
karkulainenpakolainen
menekülő
flóttamaîur
fugitivus
bėglys
bēglis
vluchtelingvluchtelingevoortvluchtigvoortvluchtige
diffuserømling
begunacbegunicabegunka

fugitive

[ˈfjuːdʒɪtɪv]
A. ADJ
1.fugitivo
2. (liter) (= fleeting) → efímero, pasajero
B. Nfugitivo/a m/f; (= refugee) → refugiado/a m/f
fugitive from justiceprófugo/a m/f (de la justicia)

fugitive

[ˈfjuːdʒɪtɪv] nfugitif/ive m/f
a fugitive from justice → un fugitif recherché(e) par la justice

fugitive

n (= runaway)Flüchtling m (→ from vor +dat); he is a fugitive from justiceer ist auf der Flucht vor der Justiz
adj
(= escaping)flüchtig; fugitive vehicleFluchtfahrzeug nt
(liter, = fleeting) thought, happiness, hour, visitflüchtig

fugitive

[ˈfjuːdʒɪtɪv]
1. nfuggitivo/a, profugo/a; (from prison) → evaso/a
2. adjfuggitivo/a (liter) (fleeting) → fugace, fuggevole

fugitive

(ˈfjuːdʒətiv) noun
a person who is running away (from the police etc). a fugitive from justice.
References in classic literature ?
It was some time before the fugitives made their appearance.
There is much controversy about the delivering up of fugitives from service or labor.
An hour sufficed to bring the fugitives to the bank of the stream, which was one of the hundred rivers that serve to conduct, through the mighty arteries of the Missouri and Mississippi, the waters of that vast and still uninhabited region to the Ocean.
Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants; but not always best subjects; for they are light to run away; and almost all fugitives, are of that condition.
The returning hunters had covered a little more than three miles of the five that had separated them from the village when they met the first of the fugitives who had escaped the bullets and clutches of the foe.
The magnificent spectacle cheered the hearts of the three fugitives and gave them fresh energy.
There were shops half opened in the main street of the place, and people crowded on the pavement and in the doorways and windows, staring astonished at this extraordinary procession of fugitives that was beginning.
The prince procured for Marie Michon the dress of a cavalier and for Kitty that of a lackey; he sent them two excellent horses, and the fugitives went out hastily from Tours, shaping their course toward Spain, trembling at the least noise, following unfrequented roads, and asking for hospitality when they found themselves where there was no inn.
If these words had been spoken by some easy, self-indulgent exhorter, from whose mouth they might have come merely as pious and rhetorical flourish, proper to be used to people in distress, perhaps they might not have had much effect; but coming from one who daily and calmly risked fine and imprisonment for the cause of God and man, they had a weight that could not but be felt, and both the poor, desolate fugitives found calmness and strength breathing into them from it.
Then a new idea struck the wicked old woman, and hiding herself behind the rock which had sheltered the fugitives, she waited behind it, watching carefully for the moment when the Prince and her daughter should resume their natural forms and continue their journey.
He came from some lurking-place among the rocks and cliffs, and presented a picture of that famishing wretchedness to which these lonely fugitives among the mountains are sometimes reduced.
From time to time, on the road which they had carefully left on their left, passed fugitives coming from the interior, at the news of the landing of the royal troops.