Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to fugacious: fugacity


1. Passing away quickly; evanescent.
2. Botany Withering or dropping off early.

[From Latin fugāx, fugāc-, from fugere, to flee.]

fu·ga′cious·ly adv.
fu·gac′i·ty (-găs′ĭ-tē) n.


1. passing quickly away; transitory; fleeting
2. (Botany) botany lasting for only a short time: fugacious petals.
[C17: from Latin fugax inclined to flee, swift, from fugere to flee; see fugitive]
fuˈgaciously adv
fuˈgaciousness n


(fyuˈgeɪ ʃəs)

1. fleeting; transitory.
2. Bot. falling or fading early.
[1625–35; < Latin fugāx apt to flee, fleet, derivative of fugere to flee; see -acious]
fu•gac•i•ty (fyuˈgæs ɪ ti) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fugacious - lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"
impermanent, temporary - not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"


References in classic literature ?
Restless, shifting, fugacious as time itself is a certain vast bulk of the population of the red brick district of the lower West Side.
Austin lawyer Rachel Ekery also noted the court had drawn a comparison between groundwater and oil and gas in a consequential 2012 ruling, concluding that "both are fugacious - they travel.
When exploring the betrayal scene as an inversion of the personal ecstasy, Mansfield reinforces the temporariness of the fugacious love and of the social relations.
asset manager) will continue to be relative and fugacious at best:
In only a few odd fugacious paintings we can see them touching this ground.
Nevertheless, the objective of this special issue is to act as more than a fugacious testimonial.