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fugitive

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of fugitive

  1. 1 hard to find, capture, or isolate that fugitive trait called artistic creativity Synonyms of fugitive evasive, elusive, slipperyWords Related to fugitive cagey (also cagy), shifty; ephemeral, evanescent, fleeting, impermanent, momentary, passing, short-lived, temporary, transient, transitory; inaccessible, inconvenient, unapproachable, unattainable, unavailable, unobtainable, unreachable, untouchableNear Antonyms of fugitive accessible, approachable, attainable, available, convenient, obtainable, reachable

  2. 2 lasting only for a short time had fugitive thoughts of leaving town after finishing high school but never acted on them Synonyms of fugitive brief, deciduous, ephemeral, evanescent, flash, fleeting, fugacious, momentary, impermanent, passing, short-lived, temporary, transient, transitoryWords Related to fugitive little, short, shortish; acting, interim, provisional, short-termNear Antonyms of fugitive lifelong; continuing, durable, persistent; imperishable, indefectible, indestructibleAntonyms of fugitive ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, enduring, eternal, everlasting, immortal, lasting, long-lived, permanent, perpetual, timeless, undying, unending

  3. 3 traveling from place to place a small fugitive circus that traveled the countryside Synonyms of fugitive ambulant, ambulatory, errant, itinerant, gallivanting (also galavanting), nomad, nomadic, perambulatory, peregrine, peripatetic, ranging, roaming, roving, vagabond, vagrant, wandering, wayfaringWords Related to fugitive drifting, footloose, meandering, rambling; sauntering, strolling, traipsing, walking; migrant, migratoryNear Antonyms of fugitive immobile, nonmoving, settled, standing, static, stationary; motionless, still

Synonym Discussion of fugitive

transient, transitory, ephemeral, momentary, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent mean lasting or staying only a short time. transient applies to what is actually short in its duration or stay.
    • a hotel catering primarily to transient guests
transitory applies to what is by its nature or essence bound to change, pass, or come to an end.
    • fame in the movies is transitory
ephemeral implies striking brevity of life or duration.
    • many slang words are ephemeral
momentary suggests coming and going quickly and therefore being merely a brief interruption of a more enduring state.
    • my feelings of guilt were only momentary
fugitive and fleeting imply passing so quickly as to make apprehending difficult.
    • let a fugitive smile flit across his face
    • fleeting moments of joy
evanescent suggests a quick vanishing and an airy or fragile quality.
    • the story has an evanescent touch of whimsy that is lost in translation

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