fugitive


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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 ?
Having murdered his brother-in-law, Orrin Brower of Kentucky was a fugitive from justice.
That is not their chief riding ahead of them, but a fugitive.
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.
The lamp alarms and frightens Jonah; as lying in his berth his tormented eyes roll round the place, and this thus far successful fugitive finds no refuge for his restless glance.
Let him be a fugitive slave in a strange land--a land given up to be the hunting- ground for slaveholders--whose inhabitants are legal- ized kidnappers--where he is every moment sub- jected to the terrible liability of being seized upon by his fellowmen, as the hideous crocodile seizes upon his prey
Then, realising that he was deserted, he dodged round and made off down the lane after the chaise, with the sturdy man close behind him, and the fugitive, who had turned now, following remotely.
And she placed her hands on her brow, as if to force the fugitive ideas it contained to concentration in a moment.
I was living in a time of high political tumult, and I certainly cared very much for the question of slavery which was then filling the minds of men; I felt deeply the shame and wrong of our Fugitive Slave Law; I was stirred by the news from Kansas, where the great struggle between the two great principles in our nationality was beginning in bloodshed; but I cannot pretend that any of these things were more than ripples on the surface of my intense and profound interest in literature.
It was some time before the fugitives made their appearance.
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.