An example of a fugitive is a fugitive from justice, who is hiding from arrest or persecution.
- fleeing, apt to flee, or having fled, as from danger, justice, etc.
- having to do with matters of temporary interest: fugitive essays
- roaming; shifting
Origin of fugitiveMiddle English fugitif from Old French from Classical Latin fugitivus from past participle of fugere, to flee from Indo-European base an unverified form bheug-, to flee from source Classical Greek phyg?, flight
- a person who flees or has fled from danger, justice, etc.
- a fleeting or elusive thing
- a. Running away or fleeing, as from the law.b. Of or relating to fugitives: “My brother … was on the fugitive squad, tracking draft dodgers” ( James Carroll )
- a. Lasting only a short time; fleeting: “[His] house and burial place … should be visited by all who profess even a fugitive interest in political economy” ( John Kenneth Galbraith )b. Difficult to comprehend or retain; elusive: fugitive solutions to the problem.c. Given to change or disappearance; perishable: fugitive beauty; fugitive tint.d. Of temporary interest: “Apart from juvenilia and fugitive verses, his poetic legacy consists of only some seventy poems” ( Daniel Hoffman )
- Wandering or tending to wander; vagabond: “We also chanced upon fugitive monks, penniless pilgrims and tradesmen” ( Jeanne Marie Laskas )
- A person who flees, especially from a legal process, persecution, or danger.
- Something fleeting or ephemeral.
Origin of fugitiveMiddle English fugitif from Old French from Latin fugitīvus from fugitus past participle of fugere to flee
- A person who is fleeing or escaping from something
(comparative more fugitive, superlative most fugitive)
From Old French fugitif.