fleeting vs fugitive what difference

what is difference between fleeting and fugitive

English

Etymology

From Middle English fleten (to float), from Old English flēotan (to float), from Proto-Germanic *fleutaną, from Proto-Indo-European *plewd-.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfliːtɪŋ/

Adjective

fleeting (comparative more fleeting, superlative most fleeting)

  1. Passing quickly; of short duration.
    • 1931, Martha Kinross, “The Screen — From This Side”, The Fortnightly, Volume 130, page 511:
      Architecture, sculpture, painting are static arts. Even in literature “our flying minds,” as George Meredith says, cannot contain protracted description. It is so; for from sequences of words they must assemble all the details in one simultaneous impression. But moments of fleeting beauty too transient to be caught by any means less swift than light itself are registered on the screen.
    • 2003, Gabrielle Walker, Snowball Earth: The Story of a Maverick Scientist and His Theory of the Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life As We Know It, Three Rivers Press (2003), →ISBN, pages 34-35:
      During the fleeting summer months of his field season, when the outer vestiges of winter melted briefly, there were ponds and pools and lakes of water everywhere.
    • 2008, Barbara L. Bellman & Susan Goldstein, Flirting After Fifty: Lessons for Grown-Up Women on How to Find Love Again, iUniverse (2008), →ISBN, page 12:
      For starters, we see examples all the time of some middle-aged men trying to hang onto their own fleeting youth by sporting younger women on their arms.
    • 2010, Leslie Ludy, The Lost Art of True Beauty: The Set-Apart Girl’s Guide to Feminine Grace, Harvest House Publishers (2010), →ISBN, page 5:
      And I am inspired afresh to pursue the stunning beauty of Christ rather than the fleeting beauty of this world.

Synonyms

  • ephemeral
  • See also Thesaurus:ephemeral.

Translations

Usage notes

Often used with nouns indicating mental, perceptual, or emotional states, such as: “a fleeting thought”, “a fleeting glimpse” “a fleeting impression”, “a fleeting hope”, or to indicate that the shortness of duration might be regretted : “fleeting beauty”, “fleeting youth”.

Verb

fleeting

  1. present participle of fleet


English

Etymology

From Middle English fugitive, fugityve, fugityf, fugitife, fugytif, fugitif, from Latin fugitīvus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfjuːd͡ʒɪtɪv/
  • Hyphenation: fu‧gi‧tive

Noun

fugitive (plural fugitives)

  1. A person who flees or escapes and travels secretly from place to place, and sometimes using disguises and aliases to conceal his/her identity, as to avoid law authorities in order to avoid an arrest or prosecution; or to avoid some other unwanted situation.
    • “I don’t mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, [] the speed-mad fugitives from the furies of ennui, the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosis, the jewelled animals whose moral code is the code of the barnyard—!”

Synonyms

  • abscotchalater (archaic)
  • nomad
  • wanderer
  • runaway

Translations

Adjective

fugitive (comparative more fugitive, superlative most fugitive)

  1. Fleeing or running away; escaping.
  2. Transient, fleeting or ephemeral.
  3. Elusive or difficult to retain.

Translations


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fy.ʒi.tiv/
  • Rhymes: -iv
  • Homophone: fugitives

Noun

fugitive f (plural fugitives, masculine fugitif)

  1. female equivalent of fugitif; a female fugitive

Further reading

  • “fugitive” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Latin

Adjective

fugitīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of fugitīvus

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