- a person who is fleeing, from prosecution, intolerable circumstances, etc.; a runaway: a fugitive from justice; a fugitive from a dictatorial regime.
- having taken flight, or run away: a fugitive slave.
- fleeting; transitory; elusive: fugitive thoughts that could not be formulated.
- Fine Arts. changing color as a result of exposure to light and chemical substances present in the atmosphere, in other pigments, or in the medium.
- dealing with subjects of passing interest, as writings; ephemeral: fugitive essays.
- wandering, roving, or vagabond: a fugitive carnival.
Origin of fugitive
Synonyms for fugitive
Antonyms for fugitive
- a person who flees
- a thing that is elusive or fleeting
- fleeing, esp from arrest or pursuit
- not permanent; fleeting; transient
- moving or roving about
Word Origin for fugitive
Word Origin and History for fugitivity
late 14c. (adjective and noun), from Old French fugitif, from Latin fugitivus "fleeing" (but commonly used as a noun meaning "runaway, fugitive slave, deserter"), from past participle stem of fugere "run away, flee," from PIE root *bheug- (1) "to flee" (cf. Greek pheugein "to flee," Lithuanian bugstu "be frightened"). Replaced Old English flyma.