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Meaning of FUGITIVE

Pronunciation:  'fyoojitiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice
  2. [n]  someone who flees from an uncongenial situation; "fugitives from the seatshops"
  3. [adj]  lasting for a markedly brief time; "a fleeting glance"; "fugitive hours"; "rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass"; "a momentary glimpse"

FUGITIVE is a 8 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: fleeting, fugitive from justice, momentaneous, momentary, runaway, short
 See Also: absconder, criminal, crook, escapee, felon, human, individual, malefactor, mortal, outlaw, person, somebody, someone, soul



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fu"gi*tive\, a. [OE. fugitif, F. fugitif, fr. L.
    fugitivus, fr. fugere to flee. See {Bow} to bend, and cf.
    1. Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping,
       from service, duty etc.; as, a fugitive solder; a fugitive
       slave; a fugitive debtor.
             The fugitive Parthians follow.        --Shak.
             Can a fugitive daughter enjoy herself while her
             parents are in tear?                  --Richardson
             A libellous pamphlet of a fugitive physician. --Sir
                                                   H. Wotton.
    2. Not fixed; not durable; liable to disappear or fall away;
       volatile; uncertain; evanescent; liable to fade; --
       applied to material and immaterial things; as, fugitive
       colors; a fugitive idea.
             The me more tender and fugitive parts, the leaves .
             . . of vegatables.                    --Woodward.
    {Fugitive compositions}, Such as are short and occasional,
       and so published that they quickly escape notice.
    Syn: Fleeting; unstable; wandering; uncertain; volatile;
         fugacious; fleeing; evanescent.
  2. \Fu"gi*tive\, n.
    1. One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service,
       duty, etc.; a deserter; as, a fugitive from justice.
    2. Something hard to be caught or detained.
             Or Catch that airy fugitive called wit. --Harte.
    {Fugitive from justice} (Law), one who, having committed a
       crime in one jurisdiction, flees or escapes into another
       to avoid punishment.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Gen. 4:12, 14, a rover or wanderer (Heb. n'a); Judg. 12:4, a refugee, one who has escaped (Heb. palit); 2 Kings 25:11, a deserter, one who has fallen away to the enemy (Heb. nophel); Ezek. 17:21, one who has broken away in flight (Heb. mibrah); Isa. 15:5; 43:14, a breaker away, a fugitive (Heb. beriah), one who flees away.

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