fugitive

[fyoo-ji-tiv]
noun
1.
a person who is fleeing, from prosecution, intolerable circumstances, etc.; a runaway: a fugitive from justice; a fugitive from a dictatorial regime.
adjective
2.
having taken flight, or run away: a fugitive slave.
3.
fleeting; transitory; elusive: fugitive thoughts that could not be formulated.
4.
Fine Arts. changing color as a result of exposure to light and chemical substances present in the atmosphere, in other pigments, or in the medium.
5.
dealing with subjects of passing interest, as writings; ephemeral: fugitive essays.
6.
wandering, roving, or vagabond: a fugitive carnival.

Origin:
1350–1400; < Latin fugitīvus fleeing, equivalent to fugit(us) (past participle of fugere to flee) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English fugitif < Old French

fugitively, adverb
fugitiveness, fugitivity, noun
nonfugitive, adjective, noun
nonfugitively, adverb
nonfugitiveness, noun
unfugitive, adjective
unfugitively, adverb


3. transient, passing, flitting, flying, brief, temporary. 5. momentary, evanescent, trivial, light. 6. straying, roaming.


3, 4. permanent. 5. lasting.
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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]
 
'fugitively
 
adv
 
'fugitiveness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

fugitive
late 14c., from O.Fr. fugitif, from L. fugitivus "fleeing" (but commonly used as a noun meaning "runaway"), from stem of fugere "run away, flee," from PIE base *bheug- "to flee" (cf. Gk. pheugein "to flee," Lith. bugstu "be frightened"). Replaced O.E. flyma. From 17c.-19c. English had the useful adj.
fugacious "likely to flee."
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Bible Dictionary

Fugitive definition


Gen. 4:12, 14, a rover or wanderer (Heb. n'a); Judg. 12:4, a refugee, one who has escaped (Heb. palit); 2 Kings 25:11, a deserter, one who has fallen away to the enemy (Heb. nophel); Ezek. 17:21, one who has broken away in flight (Heb. mibrah); Isa. 15:5; 43:14, a breaker away, a fugitive (Heb. beriah), one who flees away.

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Example sentences
His life as a diplomat, an exile, and sometimes a fugitive was not an easy one.
But non-synthetic colors are fugitive, and natural flavors can't be easily
  ratcheted up or down.
AS my friend's surprise illustrated, the delicate perfume of sweet-cream butter
  is fugitive.
Authorities issued an arrest warrant today after he failed to show up for an
  extradition hearing and was now a fugitive.
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