Definition of


  1. (noun, act) act of turning to for assistance
    an appeal to his uncle was his last resort
  2. (noun, artifact) a shelter from danger or hardship
  3. (noun, attribute) something or someone turned to for assistance or security
    took refuge in lying
  4. (noun, location) a safe place

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Synonyms of Refuge

asylum, recourse, resort, safety, sanctuary

Alternate forms of Refuge

Hyponyms: harbor, harborage, harbour, harbourage, safe house, safehold, shadow

Hypernyms: aid, area, assist, assistance, country, help, resource, shelter

Origin of the word Refuge

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. refuge, from L. refugium "a taking refuge, place to flee back to," from re- "back" + fugere "to flee" (see fugitive) + -ium "place for." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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