Cities of refuge
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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  • Cities of Refuge —     Cities of Refuge     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Cities of Refuge     Towns which according to the Jewish law enjoyed the right of asylum and to which anyone who had unintentionally slain another might flee and be protected from the avenger of… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Cities of Refuge — The Cities of Refuge were towns in the Kingdom of Israel and Kingdom of Judah in which the perpetrators of manslaughter could claim the right of asylum; outside of these cities, blood vengeance against such perpetrators was allowed by law.[1] The …   Wikipedia

  • CITIES OF REFUGE —    among the Jews; three on the E. and three on the W. of the Jordan, in which the manslayer might find refuge from the avenger of blood …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Refuge, Cities of — • Towns which according to the Jewish law enjoyed the right of asylum and to which anyone who had unintentionally slain another might flee and be protected from the avenger of blood Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Refuge, Cities of —    Were six in number (Num. 35). 1. On the west of Jordan were (1) Kadesh, in Naphtali; (2) Shechem, in Mount Ephraim; (3) Hebron, in Judah. 2. On the east of Jordan were, (1) Golan, in Bashan; (2) Ramoth Gilead, in Gad; and (3) Bezer, in Reuben …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • House of refuge — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • CITY OF REFUGE — (Heb. טָלקמ ריע). Moses assigned six cities (Num. 35:13, Deut. 19:9) to which shall flee thither and live whoso killeth his neighbor unawares and hated him not in time past. Moses himself set aside three of these cities (Bezer, Ramoth, and Golan) …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • City of Refuge — may refer to: Cities of Refuge, the six Biblical places referred to by that title City of Refuge , a song from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Tender Prey City of Refuge (John Fahey album), a 1997 album by guitarist John Fahey Puuhonua o… …   Wikipedia

  • city of refuge — a city in ancient Israel appointed as a place of asylum for unintentional murderers * * * city of refuge By Mosaic law, any of six cities on the River Jordan where the perpetrator of an accidental homicide might flee for refuge • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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