Pronunciation: (fyOO'ji-tiv), [key]
a person who is fleeing, from prosecution, intolerable circumstances, etc.; a runaway: a fugitive from justice; a fugitive from a dictatorial regime.
1. having taken flight, or run away: a fugitive slave.
2. fleeting; transitory; elusive: fugitive thoughts that could not be formulated.
3. 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.
4. dealing with subjects of passing interest, as writings; ephemeral: fugitive essays.
5. wandering, roving, or vagabond: a fugitive carnival.
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