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Definitions of asylum

  1. a shelter from danger or hardship Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A sanctuary or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be forcibly taken without sacrilege. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Any place of retreat and security. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute, unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind, or for the insane; a lunatic asylum; an orphan asylum. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A legal status granted to an individual who is in the United States and fears political persecution if he or she is forced to return to their home country.
  7. A place of refuge; a place for the care or relief of the aged, poor, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. An institution for the housing and care, under restraint, of those who by reason of tender age, mental or bodily infirmities, etc., are unable to care for themselves. In the United States the public insane asylums are now usually called State hospitals. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  9. A refuge for the incapable and destitute. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  10. A place of refuge for debtors and for such as were accused of some crime: an institution for the care or relief of the unfortunate, such as the blind or insane: any place of refuge or protection. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A refuge; a charitable institution for invalids. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. An institution for the care of invalids; a refuge; retreat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A sanctuary or place of refuge where a criminal might take shelter and be free from arrest; any place of retreat and security; an institution for the care or relief of the dumb, blind, destitute, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A place of refuge; a sanctuary; a place out of which he that has fied to it may not be taken. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. 1. A sanctuary, or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be taken without sacrilege. State v. Bacon, 6 Neb. 291; Cromie v. Institution of Mercy, 3 Bush (Ivy.) 391. 2. Shelter; refuge; protection from the hand of justice. The word includes not only place, but also shelter, security, protection; and a fugitive from justice, who has committed a crime in a foreign country, "seeks an asylum" at all times when he claims the use of the territories of the United States. In re De Giacomo, 12 Blatchf. 395, Fed. Cas. No. 3,747. 3. An institution for the protection and relief of unfortunates, as asylums for the poor, for the deaf and dumb, or for the insane. Lawrence v. Leidigh, 58 Kan. 594, 50 Pac. 600, 62 Am. St Rep. 631. thelawdictionary.org
  16. A place, of refuge where debtors and criminals fled for safety. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  17. At one time, in Europe, churches and other consecrated places served as asylums, to the disgrace of the law. These never protected criminals in the United States. It may be questioned whether the house of an ambassador (q. v.) would not afford protection temporarily, to a person who should take refuge there. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  18. a-s[=i]l'um, n. a place of refuge for debtors and for such as were accused of some crime: an institution for the care or relief of the unfortunate, such as the blind or insane: any place of refuge or protection. [L.--Gr. asylon--a, neg., syl[=e], right of seizure.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Sanctuary, place of refuge, esp. for criminals or debtors; shelter, refuge; institution for shelter and support of afflicted or destitute persons, esp. lunatics. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. A place of refuge for those who are sick or afflicted in any way calling for special care and protection. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  21. [Gr.] A sanctuary, place of refuge ; and so. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  22. [Gr.] For the blind, etc., a place of protection. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  23. n. [Greek] A place of refuge, where criminals and debtors found shelter; –any place of retreat; –an institution for the unfortunate, as the deaf and dumb, or the insane. Cabinet Dictionary
  24. A sanctuary, a refuge. Complete Dictionary

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