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Friday, March 30, 2012

fugitive

\FYOO-ji-tiv\ , adjective;
1.
Fleeting, transitory, elusive.
2.
Having taken flight, or run away.
3.
Changing color as a result of exposure to light and chemical substances present in the atmosphere, in other pigments, or in the medium.
4.
Dealing with subjects of passing interest, as writings; ephemeral.
5.
Wandering, roving, or vagabond.
Quotes:
I started to write about Sean, and the writing, like a searchlight sweeping wildly, almost caught my fugitive feelings.
-- Edmund White, The Beautiful Room Is Empty
I fill my own glass now, and raise it, unspeaking: to her? to us? to the spirit of fugitive love? Whatever it is I mean, she nods as if to say she understands.
-- Vikram Seth, An Equal Music
Origin:
First used by Shakespeare in Antony & Cleopatra, fugitive stems from the Latin word fugere meaning "to flee."
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