Fading vs Fugacious - What's the difference?

fading | fugacious |

As a verb fading

is .

As a noun fading

is the act of something that fades; gradual diminishment.

As an adjective fugacious is

fleeting, fading quickly, transient.




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  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-10-19, volume=409, issue=8858, magazine=(The Economist), author=Banyan
  • , title= The meaning of Sachin , passage=With fading eyesight and reactions, the runs have dried up. That Mr Tendulkar has nonetheless kept his place in the national [cricket] side is a more dismal exemplum: of the impunity enjoyed by all India‚Äôs rich and powerful.}}


    (en noun)
  • The act of something that fades; gradual diminishment.
  • * 1854 , (Herman Melville), (Israel Potter)
  • (obsolete) An Irish dance; also, the burden of a song.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Fading is a fine jig.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • delicate burthens of dildos and fadings
    (Webster 1913)




    (en adjective)
  • Fleeting, fading quickly, transient.
  • * 1906 , O. Henry, "", in The Four Million :
  • Restless, shifting, fugacious as time itself is a certain vast bulk of the population of the red brick district of the lower West Side. Homeless, they have a hundred homes.
  • * 1916 , George Edmund De Schweinitz, Diseases of the Eye , page 589:
  • Watering of the eye, conjunctival congestion, distinct catarrhal conjunctivitis, and deep-seated scleral congestions, sometimes fugacious , and often accompanied by intense headache
  • * 2011 , Michael Feeney Callan, Robert Redford: The Biography , Alfred A. Knopf (2011), ISBN 9780307272973, page xvii:
  • It may be that Redford's fugacious nature is not so mysterious, that it is studded in the artwork of the labs and the very stones of Sundance.

    Derived terms

    * fugaciously * fugaciousness