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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Definitions for fugacious

  1. Lasting but a short time; fleeting.
  2. fleeting; transitory: a sensational story with but a fugacious claim on the public's attention.
  3. Botany. falling or fading early.

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Citations for fugacious
As the rain conspires with the wind to strip the fugacious glory of the cherry blossoms, it brings a spring delicacy to our dining table. Sarah Mori, Malaysian Star
“He is like the soap in the bathtub, fugacious,” said Line Clausen Pedersen of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek here. “You can never really capture him.” Nicolai Hartvig, "Degas Remains an Art Anomaly," New York Times, August 14, 2013
Origin of fugacious
1625-1635
Fugacious has roots in the Latin verb fugere meaning "to flee." It entered English in the early 1600s.