fugacious

play
adjective fu·ga·cious \ fyü-ˈgā-shəs \

Definition of fugacious

:lasting a short time :evanescent

fugacious was our Word of the Day on 05/31/2012. Hear the podcast!

Examples of fugacious in a Sentence

  1. savor the fugacious pleasures of life as intensely as the more enduring ones

Did You Know?

Fugacious is often used to describe immaterial things like emotions, but not always. Botanists, for example, use it to describe plant parts that wither or fall off before the usual time. Things that are fugacious are fleeting, and etymologically they can also be said to be fleeing. Fugacious derives from the Latin verb fugere, which means "to flee." Other descendants of "fugere" include "fugitive," "refuge," and "subterfuge."

Origin and Etymology of fugacious

Latin fugac-, fugax, from fugere



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up fugacious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!