- The definition of a fugitive is a person who is on the run or who has escaped from something such as the law or danger and is in hiding.
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.
- passing quickly away; fleeting; evanescent
- 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 phygē, 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 &ellipsis; was on the fugitive squad, tracking draft dodgers” (James Carroll).
- a. Lasting only a short time; fleeting: “[His] house and burial place &ellipsis; 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.