[ fyoo-gey-shuh s ]
/ fyuˈgeɪ ʃəs /


fleeting; transitory: a sensational story with but a fugacious claim on the public's attention.
Botany. falling or fading early.

Nearby words

  1. fuertes,
  2. fuertes, louis agassiz,
  3. fuerteventura,
  4. fufu,
  5. fug,
  6. fugaciously,
  7. fugacity,
  8. fugal,
  9. fugally,
  10. fugard

Origin of fugacious

1625–35; < Latin fugāci- (stem of fugāx apt to flee, fleet, derivative of fugere to flee + -ous

Related formsfu·ga·cious·ly, adverbfu·ga·cious·ness, fu·gac·i·ty [fyoo-gas-i-tee] /fyuˈgæs ɪ ti/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fugacious


/ (fjuːˈɡeɪʃəs) /


passing quickly away; transitory; fleeting
botany lasting for only a short timefugacious petals
Derived Formsfugaciously, adverbfugaciousness, noun

Word Origin for fugacious

C17: from Latin fugax inclined to flee, swift, from fugere to flee; see fugitive

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Word Origin and History for fugacious



"fleeing, likely to flee," 1630s, from Latin fugaci-, stem of fugax "apt to flee, timid," figuratively "transitory, fleeting," from fugere "to flee" (see fugitive) + -ous. Related: Fugaciously; fugaciousness.

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