Definitions of fugitive

  1. lasting for a markedly brief time; " a fleeting glance"; " fugitive hours"; " rapid momentaneous association of things that meet and pass"; " a momentary glimpse"
  2. someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice
  3. someone who flees from an uncongenial situation; " fugitives from the seatshops"
  4. someone who flees from an uncongenial situation; " fugitives from the sweatshops"
  5. Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping, from service, duty etc.; as, a fugitive solder; a fugitive slave; a fugitive debtor.
  6. One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service, duty, etc.; a deserter; as, a fugitive from justice.
  7. Something hard to be caught or detained.
  8. 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.
  9. Unstable; fleeting; as, a fugitive idea; not permanent; fleeing from danger, pursuit, or duty; as, a fugitive slave.
  10. One who thus flees; a runaway or deserter; as, a fugitive from justice.
  11. Apt to flee away: uncertain; volatile: perishable: temporary.
  14. Fleeing; fleeting; transitory.
  15. One who flees or has fied.
  16. Fleeing; escaping or escaped; evanescent; momentary.
  17. One who or that which flees; a runaway; deserter; anything evanescent.
  18. Volatile; apt to flee away; readily escaping or disappearing; fleeting; not fixed or durable; fleeing from danger, pursuit, or duty; wandering; vagabond.
  19. One who flees from his station, duty, or danger; one who has taken refuge from punishment under another power; one not easily caught. Fugitive compositions, such as are short and occasional, written in haste or at intervals, and considered to be fleeting and temporary.
  20. Apt to flee away; flying; volatile; escaping readily.
  21. A runaway; a deserter.

Usage examples for fugitive

  1. She saw me as a fugitive, and she sent me a warning. – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. Now and then I met her for a few fugitive moments at the hospital. – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  3. There was no trouble about fugitive slaves in those times. – The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2) by Jefferson Davis
  4. The voice passed on; the fugitive was once more alone with his thoughts. – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  5. Really, Sir, your " evidence" that the new law is more favorable to the fugitive than the old one falls short of demonstration. – A Letter to the Hon. Samuel Eliot, Representative in Congress From the City of Boston, In Reply to His Apology For Voting For the Fugitive Slave Bill. by Hancock
  6. The escape was observed by one or two passers- by; but they were evidently people who owed the police no good- will, for, although they stood still to watch the fugitive, they did not give the alarm. – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  7. I'm beginning to feel quite fugitive this very minute." – The Unspeakable Perk by Samuel Hopkins Adams
  8. The longer the search continued in the upper rooms, so much the longer would the fugitive have to put distance between him and his pursuers. – Tom Tufton's Travels by Evelyn Everett-Green
  9. The college was the only place within possible reach where the fugitive might have found a refuge. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  10. Hosea had met them a mile from this spot and advised them to turn back, that they might not bring their misfortune upon their fugitive brethren. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  11. The fugitive King made no protest. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  12. The duke a fugitive traitor! – The Death of Wallenstein A Play by Frederich Schiller
  13. When the fugitive had gone a considerable distance, he ventured to look back. – The Lost Trail by Edward S. Ellis
  14. Now shall we doubtless come in before the fugitive. – The Panchronicon by Harold Steele Mackaye
  15. With trembling heart the fugitive handed the key of her trunk to the officers. – Clotelle The Colored Heroine by William Wells Brown
  16. The fugitive, hearing hoofbeats, looked back and then dropped to one knee, his rifle going to his shoulder with the movement. – Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford
  17. I shall be a fugitive from justice . – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  18. The fugitive princes ought to have returned to their States, but how was it possible? – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne