One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tending to disappear; fleeting.‘she was acutely conscious of her fugacious youth’
brief, transient, short-lived, short, momentary, sudden, cursory, transitory, ephemeral, fugitive, evanescent, fading, vanishing, flying, fly-by-night, passing, flitting, here today and gone tomorrow, temporary, impermanent, short-term, rapid, quick, swift, rushedView synonyms
- ‘They are very fugacious, and now and then apparently absent.’
- ‘Its flowers, however, are very fugacious, so much so that it is difficult to obtain good specimens, the mere gathering causing them to fall; hermaphrodite flowers, though carefully sought, were not seen.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin fugax, fugac- (from fugere ‘flee’) + -ious.
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