[ 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.

Origin of fugacious

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

Related forms

fu·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 Forms

fugaciously, adverbfugaciousness, noun

Word Origin for fugacious

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