The word explained with an example of its usage
Fugue means a temporary flight from reality.
In music, a fugue is a composition in which one or more themes are introduced and repeated in a complex pattern involving instruments or voices in succession, contrapuntally.
In psychiatry, the fugue is a state of psychological amnesia. In this state, a patient seems to behave in a conscious and rational way, although upon return to normal consciousness the patient cannot remember the period of time and the action during it. A disturbed state of consciousness in which the affected one seems to perform acts in full awareness but upon recovery cannot recollect the deeds.
Usage of Fugue:
The following excerpt is from the novel Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet:
“Hello,” the woman at the reception desk of ViMar Productions said, startling him out of his fugue. “You must be an actor, right? Do you want to drop off your resume?”