- The definition of a fugue is a musical composition for a specific number of parts or voices, or is a temporary state of amnesia.
- An example of a fugue is a song written specifically for three voices.
- An example of a fugue is forgetting the last ten minutes.
- a musical composition for a definite number of parts or voices, in which a subject is announced in one voice, imitated in succession by each of the other voices, and developed contrapuntally
- Psychiatry a state of psychological amnesia during which the subject seems to behave in a conscious and rational way, although upon return to normal consciousness he cannot remember the period of time nor what he did during it; temporary flight from reality
Origin: French ; from Italian fuga ; from Classical Latin a flight ; from fugere: see fugitive
- fuguist noun
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- Music An imitative polyphonic composition in which a theme or themes are stated successively in all of the voices of the contrapuntal structure.
- Psychiatry A pathological amnesiac condition during which one is apparently conscious of one's actions but has no recollection of them after returning to a normal state. This condition, usually resulting from severe mental stress, may persist for as long as several months.
Origin: Italian fuga (influenced by French fugue, from Italian fuga), from Latin, flight.
- fuˈgal adjective
- fuˈgal·ly adverb
- fugue verb
- fuguˈist noun
fugue - Medical Definition