fu·​ga·​cious | \ fyü-ˈgā-shəs How to pronounce fugacious (audio) \

Definition of fugacious

: lasting a short time : evanescent

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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."

Examples of fugacious in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of fugacious

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fugacious

Latin fugac-, fugax, from fugere

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“Fugacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fugacious. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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