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asylum

noun

1 asylum

A shelter from danger or hardship.

synonyms: refuge, sanctuary.

Roget 666: refuge, sanctuary, retreat, fastness; acropolis; keep, last resort; ward; prison etc. 752; asylum, ark, ... show more

Roget 717: defense, protection, guard, ward; shielding etc. v.; propugnation, preservation etc. 670; guardianship.    area defense; ... show more

Dutch: asiel
Polish: oaza, azyl, enklawa



2 asylum

A hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person.

synonyms: insane asylum, institution, mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, psychiatric hospital.

Dutch: psychiatrische instelling
Polish: dom obłąkanych, szpital psychiatryczny, wariatkowo, dom wariatów


Moby thesaurus: VA hospital, almshouse, base hospital, bedlam, bird sanctuary, bolt-hole, bughouse, cache, clinic, community hospital, concealment, convalescent home, convalescent hospital, corner, cover, covert, coverture, cranny, crazy house, cubby ... show more.

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