Refuge Ref"uge (r?f"?j), n. [F. r['e]fuge, L. refugium, fr. refugere to flee back; pref. re- + figere. SEe {Fugitive}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Shelter or protection from danger or distress. [1913 Webster]

Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these Find place or refuge. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. --Heb. vi. 18. [1913 Webster]

2. That which shelters or protects from danger, or from distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; a place inaccessible to an enemy. [1913 Webster]

The high hills are a refuger the wild goats. --Ps. civ. 18. [1913 Webster]

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed. --Ps. ix. 9. [1913 Webster]

3. An expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or contrivance. [1913 Webster]

Their latest refuge Was to send him. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Light must be supplied, among gracefulrefuges, by terracing ??? story in danger of darkness. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

{Cities of refuge} (Jewish Antiq.), certain cities appointed as places of safe refuge for persons who had committed homicide without design. Of these there were three on each side of Jordan. --Josh. xx.

{House of refuge}, a charitable institution for giving shelter and protection to the homeless, destitute, or tempted. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Shelter; asylum; retreat; covert. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • refuge — [ r(ə)fyʒ ] n. m. • 1120; lat. refugium 1 ♦ (Personnes) Vx Soutien, sauveur. « Ce Dieu, depuis longtemps votre unique refuge » (Racine). 2 ♦ (1160 ) Mod. Lieu où l on se retire pour échapper à un danger ou à un désagrément, pour se mettre en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • refuge — Refuge. s. m. Asyle, Retraite, Lieu où l on se sauve, pour estre en seureté. Refuge assuré. lieu de refuge. chercher un refuge. les Israelites avoient des villes de refuge. Il se dit fig. Des personnes. Vous estes mon refuge. tout mon refuge. mon …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Refuge — is a place or state of safety. Refuge may also refer to:Other uses*Area of refuge, a location in a building that may be used by occupants in the event of a fire *A place intended to shelter cultural property, in the context of the Hague… …   Wikipedia

  • refuge — Refuge, Subsidium, Diffugium, Profugium, Refugium, Perfugium. Ton camp estoit le refuge et lieu de sauveté à tout le monde, Fugae portus erat in tuis castris, et subsidium salutis in tuo exercitu. Avoir son refuge au senat, Deuenire ad senatum.… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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  • refuge — I noun ark, asylum, citadel, covert, coverture, harbor, haven, hiding place, lee, perfugium, place of protection, place of safety, protection, receptaculum, refugium, resort, retreat, safe place, safety, sanctuary, security, shelter, stronghold… …   Law dictionary

  • refuge — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. refuge, from L. refugium a taking refuge, place to flee back to, from re back (see RE (Cf. re )) + fugere to flee (see FUGITIVE (Cf. fugitive)) + ium place for …   Etymology dictionary

  • refuge — [ref′yo͞oj] n. [OFr < L refugium < refugere, to retreat < re , back + fugere, to flee: see FUGITIVE] 1. shelter or protection from danger, difficulty, etc. 2. a person or thing that gives shelter, help, or comfort 3. a place of safety;… …   English World dictionary

  • Refuge — Ref uge (r?f ?j), v. t. To shelter; to protect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refuge — asylum, sanctuary, *shelter, cover, retreat Analogous words: safety, security (see corresponding adjectives at SAFE): stronghold, citadel, *fort, fortress: *harbor, haven, port …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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