refugee
noun Etymology: French réfugié, past participle of (se) réfugier to take refuge, from Middle French refugier, from Latin refugium Date: 1685 one that flees; especially a person who flees to a foreign country or power to escape danger or persecution • refugeeism noun

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  • refugee — ref·u·gee /ˌre fyu̇ jē/ n: an individual seeking refuge or asylum; esp: an individual who has left his or her native country and is unwilling or unable to return to it because of persecution or fear of persecution (as because of race, religion,… …   Law dictionary

  • Refugee — (englisch für Flüchtling) bezeichnet: einen indischen Film, siehe Refugee (Film) eine britische Progressive Rock Band, siehe Refugee (Band) Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidun …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Refugee — Ref u*gee (r?f ?*j? ), n. [F. r[ e]fugi[ e], fr. se r[ e]fugier to take refuge. See {Refuge}, n.] 1. One who flees to a shelter, or place of safety. [1913 Webster] 2. Especially, one who, in times of persecution or political commotion, flees to a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refugee — 1685, from Fr. refugié, prop. pp. of refugier to take shelter, protect, from O.Fr. refuge (see REFUGE (Cf. refuge)). First applied to French Huguenots who migrated after the revocation (1685) of the Edict of Nantes. The word meant one seeking… …   Etymology dictionary

  • refugee — [n] person running from something, often oppression alien, boat person*, castaway, defector, derelict, deserter, displaced person, DP*, emigrant, émigré, escapee, evacuee, exile, expatriate, expellee, foreigner, foundling, fugitive, homeless… …   New thesaurus

  • refugee — ► NOUN ▪ a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster …   English terms dictionary

  • refugee — [ref΄yo͞o jē′, ref′yo͞o jē΄] n. [Fr réfugié, pp. of réfugier < L refugere: see REFUGE] a person who flees from home or country to seek refuge elsewhere, as in a time of war or of political or religious persecution …   English World dictionary

  • Refugee — According to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is a person who owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political… …   Wikipedia

  • refugee — refugeeism, n. /ref yoo jee , ref yoo jee /, n. 1. a person who flees for refuge or safety, esp. to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc. 2. See political refugee. [1675 85; < F réfugié, ptp. of réfugier to take refuge.… …   Universalium

  • refugee — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ genuine ▪ would be (esp. BrE) ▪ the government s strategy in dealing with would be refugees ▪ former, returning ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • Refugee — Cet article a pour sujet le groupe Refugee. Pour une définition du mot « refugee », voir l’article refugee du Wiktionnaire. Refugee est un groupe de rock progressif ayant sorti un album du même nom en 1974. Lee Jackson et Brian Davison… …   Wikipédia en Français

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