- Tending to disappear; fleeting.
“Cookies and other sweets are quite fugacious in my house.”
“The hummingbird made a fugacious stop on my flowers.”
“I know any bad mood or work frustrations will be fugacious as soon as I come home to my dogs.”
Latin, mid-17th century
Why this word?
“Fugacious” is often used with an ephemeral connotation — your sadness is fugacious and better times are around the corner, for example. Or it can be used in a physical sense. A gardener might describe a plant with falling leaves as “fugacious.” The Latin “fugere” means “to flee,” and other words that come from this same root include “subterfuge,” “fugitive,” and “refuge.”
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