fugacious (adj.) "fleeing, likely to flee," 1630s, from L. fugaci-, stem of fugax "apt to flee, timid," figuratively "transitory, fleeting," from fugere "to flee" (see FUGITIVE (Cf. fugitive)) + -OUS (Cf. -ous). Related: Fugaciously; fugaciousness.

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  • Fugacious — Fu*ga cious, a. [L. fugax, fugacis, from fugere: cf. F. fugace. See {Fugitive}.] 1. Flying, or disposed to fly; fleeing away; lasting but a short time; volatile. [1913 Webster] Much of its possessions is so hid, so fugacious, and of so uncertain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fugacious — index ephemeral, temporary, transient, transitory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fugacious — [fyo͞o gā′shəs] adj. [< L fugax (gen. fugacis) < fugere (see FUGITIVE) + IOUS] 1. passing quickly away; fleeting; ephemeral 2. Bot. falling soon after blooming, as some flowers fugacity [fyo͞ogas′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • fugacious — fugaciously, adv. fugaciousness, fugacity /fyooh gas i tee/, n. /fyooh gay sheuhs/, adj. 1. fleeting; transitory: a sensational story with but a fugacious claim on the public s attention. 2. Bot. falling or fading early. [1625 35; < L fugaci (s.… …   Universalium

  • fugacious — adjective Etymology: Latin fugac , fugax, from fugere Date: 1634 lasting a short time ; evanescent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fugacious — adj. [L. fugere, to flee] Having a tendency to disappear; not permanent; perishing early; lasting a short while …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • fugacious — adjective Fleeting, fading quickly, transient …   Wiktionary

  • fugacious — Synonyms and related words: brittle, capricious, changeable, corruptible, deciduous, dying, ephemeral, evanescent, fading, fickle, fleeting, flitting, fly by night, flying, fragile, frail, fugitive, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, inconstant,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fugacious — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Lasting or existing only for a short time: ephemeral, evanescent, fleet, fleeting, fugitive, momentary, passing, short lived, temporal, temporary, transient, transitory. See CONTINUE, TIME …   English dictionary for students

  • fugacious — fu·ga·cious || fjuː geɪʃəs adj. shedding early, wilting early (Botany); temporary, passing, fleeting …   English contemporary dictionary

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