• "A great number of seagulls were chasing the fugitive."
    "A great number of seagulls were chasing the fugitive."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fugitive lasting for a markedly brief time "a fleeting glance","fugitive hours","rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass","a momentary glimpse"
    • n fugitive someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice
    • n fugitive someone who flees from an uncongenial situation "fugitives from the sweatshops"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fugitive 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.""Can a fugitive daughter enjoy herself while her parents are in tear?""A libellous pamphlet of a fugitive physician."
    • Fugitive 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."
    • Fugitive One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service, duty, etc.; a deserter; as, a fugitive from justice.
    • Fugitive Something hard to be caught or detained. "Or Catch that airy fugitive called wit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fugitive Fleeing or having fled from danger or pursuit, from duty or service, etc.; escaping; runaway: as, a fugitive criminal or horse.
    • fugitive Wandering; vagabond.
    • fugitive Staying or lasting but a short time; fleeting; not fixed or durable; readily escaping; fugacious: as, a fugitive idea; fugitive odors; fugitive colors.
    • fugitive In lit. of fleeting interest or importance; temporary; occasional: said of compositions, generally short, written for some passing occasion or purpose.
    • fugitive In zoology and botany, same as fugacious.
    • n fugitive One who flees; a runaway; a deserter; specifically, one who has fled from duty, danger, or restraint to a place of safety or of concealment: as, a fugitive from the battlefield; a fugitive from justice.
    • n fugitive Anything hard to be caught or detained.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fugitive fūj′i-tiv apt to flee away: uncertain: volatile: perishable: temporary: occasional, written for some passing occasion
    • n Fugitive one who flees or has fled from his station or country: one hard to be caught
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  • Marquise De SeVigne
    Marquise De SeVigne
    “The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found.”
  • Horace
    “What fugitive from his country can also escape from himself.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fugitif, F. fugitif, fr. L. fugitivus, fr. fugere, to flee. See Bow to bend, and cf. Feverfew


In literature:

Suddenly the male fugitive, who had only glanced over his shoulder from time to time, pulled up, wheeled round, and quickly raised his rifle.
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne
The following account of an attempt to secure a fugitive slave from General Isaac R. Sherwood has its historical value.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
Before he had recovered himself the fugitive was out of sight, and the sound of his progress had ceased.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Every step stirred up clouds of alkali dust that hung about the fugitives like thick smoke.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
In another moment she was standing beside the fugitive, her gaze on the advancing group.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
It was clear that she designed to delay them so as to give her fugitive sons as long a lead as possible.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
Scarcely a day passes but more or less fugitives escape from the land of slavery to the freedom of Canada ...
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
Since he became a fugitive the guide had shaved closely.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
These were the various critics and fugitive writers of the weekly and daily press.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
New Fugitive Slave Law.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
It even claimed the right to search the ships of neutrals for fugitives.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
And now for the first time it became evident that the presence of the fugitives on the roof was known.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
The fifth plank declared for a faithful execution of the Fugitive-slave bill.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
Stevens went below and told his wife of the fugitive.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
Poul and his men spurred after them, cutting down the fugitives.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
The fugitive Turks were invested within the walls of Tripolitza, Patras, and other strong towns.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
In another minute they had overtaken the fugitive, who now stood panting at bay.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
There was a possibility that the fugitives had not been detected, though the probabilities were against such a hopeful fact.
"The Wilderness Fugitives" by Edward S. Ellis
Therefore, I did not intend to betray him, although he might be a fugitive hunted by the police.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
Then, a rocket cleft the darkness, its slant proclaiming the fugitive's course.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

In poetry:

Lord! to whose being ages are but moments,
Fugitive moments! Thou, Eternal Father!
Listen in mercy—for life's passing shadows
Soon will be scatter'd.
"Winter: Saturday Evening" by John Bowring
For us like any other fugitive,
Like the numberless flowers that cannot number
And all the beasts that need not remember,
It is today in which we live.
"Another Time" by W H Auden
Sadly the fugitive weeps in his cell,
Listen awhile to the story we tell;
Listen ye gentle ones, listen ye brave,
Lady fair! Lady fair! weep for the slave.
"Rescue The Slave" by Anonymous Americas
Before him we retired, unmanned by fear.
Unarmed, he seemed to move with harmful light.
Scott only stood, shaming us in the end.
The fugitive surrendered without fight.
"The Island" by George Woodcock
Do you give yourself to me utterly,
Body and no-body, flesh and no-flesh
Not as a fugitive, blindly or bitterly, But as a child might, with no other wish?
Yes, utterly.
"Sleep" by Kenneth Slessor
In any Church's name, to sack fair towns,
And turn each home into a screaming sty,
To make the little children fugitive,
And have their mothers for a quick death cry,—
"The Unpardonable Sin" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Fugitive wanted over armed robbery of bar.
Baltimore police have arrested a 19-year-old man who had been a fugitive for a month and a half after police said he fatally shot a man while the victim's family stood nearby.
Marshals hunt down fugitive, D'Vontaveous Hoston, felon paid $42K by city after being kicked by Seattle police officer.
Fugitive struck down crossing I-195 on foot.
Fugitive wanted for murder arrested.
This week's fugitive has been on the run for an entire decade.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK — A federal fugitive wanted for firearms possession, who is also a suspect in a recent aggravated assault, was captured by South Brunswick police Monday, authorities said yesterday.
Fugitive caught on attempted murder charge.
Ricco Leo Torres, an alleged Barrio Azteca gang member with a violent criminal past, has been added to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Woman reports 'fugitive' in upstairs bedroom .
2 fugitives, 2 female accomplices in custody.
Canon City police said two fugitives from a federal facility in Michigan are so dangerous that one of them recently escaped from a police helicopter.
Campaign to Capture Fugitive Joseph Kony Goes Viral.
Texas' top fugitives caught at record pace in 2012.
2nd Louisiana fugitive caught in the Springs.

In science:

Proposition 1: Where people are able to produce a surplus, some of the surplus would be fugitive and would leave the possession of the people who produce it.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review