Definition of refuge in US English:

refuge

noun

  • 1A condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.

    ‘he was forced to take refuge in the French embassy’
    ‘I sought refuge in drink’
    • ‘While the rest of us were toiling in Pattaya, a small group sought refuge in the mountain retreat of Soi Dao.’
    • ‘They have simply sought refuge from persecution: they are refugees.’
    • ‘Thousands of people have sought refuge in army bases and police stations.’
    • ‘He was given refuge in Libya by his long time ally, Colonel Gaddafi.’
    • ‘Needless to say, I sought refuge in a discussion of the weather.’
    • ‘Since then, half the country's more than 3 million people have sought refuge in the capital, Monrovia.’
    • ‘He said he accepted she was one of life's inadequates who sought refuge in drink and was prone to self-harm.’
    • ‘But the Convention only provides refuge from state persecution.’
    • ‘This was not difficult, given that less than 15 per cent of people sought refuge in public shelters or tube stations.’
    • ‘That was probably why he was often haunted by spells of melancholia and dark thoughts and often sought refuge in books.’
    • ‘However, the cunning female kept dodging them, taking temporary refuge in the grounds of Fermoy Soccer Club.’
    • ‘Angola is relatively urbanized because in the 1980s many people sought refuge in the safer urban areas.’
    • ‘Smoke could be seen billowing from many parts of the city where thousands of Madurese have sought refuge in military compounds and government offices.’
    • ‘But one most often sought refuge in sanctuaries.’
    • ‘More than 30,000 people are reported to have died and nearly 400,000 civilians sought refuge across the border in Ethiopia.’
    • ‘The deportation of an asylum seeker who sought refuge in Bolton has been halted following the intervention of MP David Crausby.’
    • ‘We are only travellers taking temporary refuge in this life and body.’
    • ‘International law says that seeking refuge from persecution is not a crime.’
    • ‘However, most of the residents preferred to stay home instead of taking refuge elsewhere.’
    haven, safe haven, shelter, sanctuary, retreat, asylum, place of safety, place of security, port in a storm, oasis, sanctum
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    1. 1.1 Something providing shelter.
      ‘the family came to be seen as a refuge from a harsh world’
      • ‘In the late 15th century, the city became a refuge for Iberian Jews expelled by Phillip II from Spain.’
      • ‘Well, the Senate today narrowly approved a plan to drill for oil in Alaska's arctic national wildlife refuge.’
      • ‘I led the fight to stop the drilling in the Arctic wildlife refuge.’
      • ‘There was kind of a coup, and he took temporary refuge in the United States.’
      • ‘In the novel, a young housemaid named Griet innocently entrances Vermeer who comes to see her as a sacred refuge from a soulless marriage.’
      • ‘Instead she buried herself in the library, which became a refuge from the decadent student world.’
      • ‘In my younger and more vulnerable years, I believed school offered a gentle refuge from the cutthroat savagery of the working world.’
      • ‘For many of these young MPs the canteen is proving a refuge from the long-drawn speeches and verbal duels in the House.’
      • ‘Does Eden offer a refuge from the world or the wisdom to accept it?’
      • ‘Churches have become the only refuge for people who have lost everything.’
      • ‘The pine-shaded forest is a refuge from the city's extreme summer temperatures.’
      • ‘Absolute moral standards provide a safe refuge for those frightened to exercise discretion.’
      • ‘' Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel ', pronounced Samuel Johnson in 1775.’
      • ‘Mothers were torn between their need to support the discipline of their sons and their desire to provide a refuge from the harshness of that discipline.’
      • ‘Upland's owners bought and renovated the hotel three years ago, as a refuge from a high-powered life in the capital city.’
      • ‘For hundreds of years Turkey was a refuge for Jews driven from " civilised " Christian Europe.’
      • ‘Researchers found that the forest offered a refuge for bee species, which helped pollinate coffee plants.’
      • ‘But this bar is a great refuge from the madness of weekend London.’
      • ‘To learn more about Banerjee and his time in the Arctic refuge, click here.’
      • ‘After all, home and family should provide a refuge from the clamor of the outside world.’
      shelter, protection, safety, security, asylum, sanctuary
      sanctuary, place of shelter, shelter, place of safety, haven, safe haven, sanctum, safe house, harbour, port in a storm, ark
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    2. 1.2 An institution providing safe accommodations for women who have suffered violence from a spouse or partner.
      • ‘Children at the York women's refuge were facing a bleak Christmas.’
      • ‘Women are flocking to refuges and violent partners are moving back into the family home following the outlawing of temporary barring orders, according to women's aid groups.’
      • ‘There is also a network of refuges, in every county except Carlow, some transitional accommodation in Waterford and some limited outreach and settlement support services.’
      • ‘Over time, physical conditions in the East Anglian refuges have improved and accommodation is no longer squalid and over-crowded.’
      • ‘Through our social centres, soup runs, hostels, refuges, detox centres, community cafes, day care and residential homes, we get through a lot of tea and coffee.’
      • ‘For many years Bendigo-based Julie Oberin was Chair of the Women's Services Network, the peak body for women's domestic violence services, including refuges.’
      • ‘The issue of domestic violence and the absence of a refuge for women who want to escape abusive partners in Sligo was raised.’
      • ‘Thus, women's refuges were among the first projects to have been realised.’
      • ‘She said its aims were to encourage more women to report violent incidents in the home and to reverse the trend whereby women and children had little option but to flee to refuges and temporary accommodation.’
      • ‘He said there are only five emergency hostels and refuges in Dublin providing a total of 50 units for families.’
      • ‘The Family Law Act 1996 protects victims of domestic violence and their children, and there are safe refuges and on-going support for families getting away from violent situations.’
      • ‘She appealed to the government to raise the profile of refuges for victims of violence and helplines.’
      • ‘Women's refuges, local hospices and day centres are also members of the Scrapstore.’
      • ‘While police and magistrates take punitive action to try to stop physical assaults, and refuges provide a safe haven for women and children trying to escape violence, curing such violence is not easy.’
      • ‘In investigating domestic violence, it is tempting for academics to speak to only those more easily accessible women who are resident in refuges, rather than other victims.’
      • ‘I was involved in a single-issue campaign - domestic violence and women's refuges - but that didn't mean that I thought politics was about single issues.’
      • ‘Given the prevalence of domestic violence, women's refuges are essential facilities.’
      • ‘She moved in with Young as a teenager and the couple had three children, but she fled to a woman's refuge after suffering violent beatings.’
      • ‘And if their ‘crime’ was to donate 4,000 pairs of footwear to the workhouses, women's refuges and orphanages of war-torn Kosovo, then it was guilty as charged.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin refugium, from Latin re- ‘back’ + fugere ‘flee’.

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