fugitive


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fu·gi·tive

(fyū'ji-tiv),
1. Temporary; transient.
2. Fleeting; denoting certain inconstant symptoms.
[L. fugitivus, fleeing, fr. fugio, pp. fugitus, to flee]

fugitive

adjective Referring to something that exists briefly and/or disappears rapidly; transient, fleeting.

noun An escapee, as in a fugitive from justice.

fugitive

(fū′jĭ-tĭv) [L. fugitivus]
1. Temporary, transient.
2. Wandering; pert. to inconstant symptoms.
References in classic literature ?
They had been the settlers of thirteen separate and distinct English colonies, along the margin of the shore of the North American Continent; contiguously situated, but chartered by adventurers of characters variously diversified, including sectarians, religious and political, of all the classes which for the two preceding centuries had agitated and divided the people of the British islands--and with them were intermingled the descendants of Hollanders, Swedes, Germans, and French fugitives from the persecution of the revoker of the Edict of Nantes.
The foreign slave-trade, now imperfectly suppressed, would be ultimately revived, without restriction, in one section, while fugitive slaves, now only partially surrendered, would not be surrendered at all by the other.
M'ling was ahead, close in pursuit of the fugitive.
Bonacieux and if she was returning to Paris, why this fugitive rendezvous, why this simple exchange of a glance, why this lost kiss?
Then boats filled with armed soldiers will pursue the wretched fugitive.
And she placed her hands on her brow, as if to force the fugitive ideas it contained to concentration in a moment.
continued Athos, "left the Hague neither as a fugitive nor a conqueror, but as an absolute king, who, after a distant voyage from his kingdom, returns amidst universal benedictions.
Xodar alone was care-free--a fugitive and outlaw, he could be no worse off in Helium than elsewhere.
That is not their chief riding ahead of them, but a fugitive.
I was living in a time of high political tumult, and I certainly cared very much for the question of slavery which was then filling the minds of men; I felt deeply the shame and wrong of our Fugitive Slave Law; I was stirred by the news from Kansas, where the great struggle between the two great principles in our nationality was beginning in bloodshed; but I cannot pretend that any of these things were more than ripples on the surface of my intense and profound interest in literature.
Having murdered his brother-in-law, Orrin Brower of Kentucky was a fugitive from justice.
Usually the "heroic fugitive" (this name was bestowed upon him in a review of the English edition of his book)--the " heroic fugitive " accompanied her, sitting, portentously bearded and darkly bespectacled, not by her side, but opposite her, with his back to the horses.