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fugacious

[fyoo-gey-shuh s] /fyuˈgeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
fleeting; transitory:
a sensational story with but a fugacious claim on the public's attention.
2.
Botany. falling or fading early.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin fugāci- (stem of fugāx apt to flee, fleet, derivative of fugere to flee + -ous
Related forms
fugaciously, adverb
fugaciousness, fugacity
[fyoo-gas-i-tee] /fyuˈgæs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fugaciousness

fugacious

/fjuːˈɡeɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
passing quickly away; transitory; fleeting
2.
(botany) lasting for only a short time: fugacious petals
Derived Forms
fugaciously, adverb
fugaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fugax inclined to flee, swift, from fugere to flee; see fugitive
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Word Origin and History for fugaciousness

fugacious

adj.

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

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