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a·sy·lum

 (ə-sī′ləm)
n.
1. Protection and immunity from extradition granted by a government to a political refugee from another country.
2.
a. A place offering protection and safety; a shelter. See Synonyms at shelter.
b. Protection or shelter; refuge: viewed her friend's apartment as a place of asylum.
c. A place, such as a church, formerly constituting an inviolable refuge for criminals or debtors.
3. An institution for the care of people, especially those with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.

[Middle English asilum, refuge, from Latin asȳlum, from Greek asūlon, sanctuary, from neuter of asūlos, inviolable : a-, without; see a-1 + sūlon, right of seizure.]

asylum

(əˈsaɪləm)
n
1. a safe or inviolable place of refuge, esp as formerly offered by the Christian Church to criminals, outlaws, etc; sanctuary (often in the phrase give asylum to)
2. shelter; refuge
3. (Law) international law refuge afforded to a person whose extradition is sought by a foreign government: political asylum.
4. (Social Welfare) obsolete an institution for the shelter, treatment, or confinement of individuals, esp a mental hospital (formerly termed lunatic asylum)
[C15: via Latin from Greek asulon refuge, from asulos that may not be seized, from a-1 + sulon right of seizure]

a•sy•lum

(əˈsaɪ ləm)

n.
1. (esp. formerly) an institution for the maintenance and care of the mentally ill, orphans, or other persons requiring specialized assistance.
2. an inviolable refuge, as formerly for criminals and debtors; sanctuary.
3. protection or shelter granted by a country or embassy to refugees from another country, esp. refugees escaping arrest or prosecution: political asylum.
4. any secure retreat.
[1400–50; late Middle English; < Latin < Greek ásȳlon sanctuary =a- a-6 + sŷlon right of seizure]

asylum

- Comes from Greek asulon, "refuge," from asulos, "inviolable."
See also related terms for refuge.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.asylum - a shelter from danger or hardship
harbor, harbour - a place of refuge and comfort and security
safehold - a refuge from attack
safe house - a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
shelter - a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
2.asylum - a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced personasylum - a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
hospital, infirmary - a health facility where patients receive treatment

asylum

noun
1. (Old-fashioned) mental hospital, hospital, institution, psychiatric hospital, madhouse (informal), funny farm (facetious), loony bin (slang), nuthouse (slang), rubber room (U.S. slang), laughing academy (U.S. slang) He spent the rest of his life in a mental asylum.
2. refuge, security, haven, safety, protection, preserve, shelter, retreat, harbour, sanctuary He applied for asylum after fleeing his home country.

asylum

noun
1. An institution that provides care and shelter:
2. Something that physically protects, especially from danger:
3. The state of being protected or safeguarded, as from danger or hardship:
Translations
مَلْجَأمَلْجَأ لِلعَجَزَه
azylblázinec
asylfristed
turvapaikka
azil
elmegyógyintézetmenedékjog
geîveikrahælihæli
亡命
보호 시설
prieglaudaprieglobstispsichiatrinė ligoninė
patvērumspsihiatriskā slimnīca
azyl
azil
asyl
ที่ลี้ภัย
nơi ẩn náu

asylum

[əˈsaɪləm]
A. N
1. (= refuge) → asilo m
to seek political asylumpedir asilo político
to afford or give asylum to sb [place] → servir de asilo a algn; [person] → dar asilo a algn
2. (o.f.) (= mental hospital) → manicomio m
B. CPD asylum seeker Nsolicitante mf de asilo

asylum

[əˈsaɪləm] nasile m
to seek political asylum → demander l'asile politique
to claim asylum → demander l'asile
to claim political asylum → demander l'asile politique
to give sb asylum → donner asile à qn
to give sb political asylum → donner l'asile politique à qn
to grant sb asylum → accorder l'asile à qn
to grant sb political asylum → accorder l'asile politique à qnasylum seeker ndemandeur/euse m/f d'asile

asylum

n
Asyl nt; to ask for (political) asylumum (politisches) Asyl bitten
(= lunatic asylum)(Irren)anstalt f

asylum

[əˈsaɪləm] n
a. (refuge) → asilo, rifugio
to seek political asylum → chiedere asilo politico
b. (also lunatic asylum) → manicomio

asylum

(əˈsailəm) noun
1. safety; protection. He was granted political asylum.
2. an old name for a home for people who are mentally ill.

asylum

مَلْجَأ azyl asyl Asyl άσυλο asilo turvapaikka asile azil asilo politico 亡命 보호 시설 asiel asyl azyl asilo, asilo político убежище asyl ที่ลี้ภัย sığınma nơi ẩn náu 庇护

a·sy·lum

n. asilo.

asylum

n asilo; insane — (ant) hospital psiquiátrico or mental, manicomio (ant)
References in classic literature ?
When my father died at the asylum over at Day- ton, I went over there.
Crazy Mary,' tried to set a neighbour's barn on fire, and was sent to the asylum at Lincoln.
The alternative, you must be aware,--and its adoption will depend entirely on the decision which I am now about to make,--the alternative is his confinement, probably for the remainder of his life, in a public asylum for persons in his unfortunate state of mind.
For nowadays, the whale-fishery furnishes an asylum for many romantic, melancholy, and absent-minded young men, disgusted with the carking cares of earth, and seeking sentiment in tar and blubber.
I only wish all the drunkards could be put in a lunatic asylum instead of being allowed to run foul of sober people.
Smyth, to the hospitable abode of a good missionary, whom Christian charity has placed here as a shepherd to the outcast and wandering, who are constantly finding an asylum on this shore.
But we never came to an asylum -- so I was up a stump, as you may say.
Each sang his indictive narrative in turn, accompanied by the whole orchestra of sixty instruments, and when this had continued for some time, and one was hoping they might come to an understanding and modify the noise, a great chorus composed entirely of maniacs would suddenly break forth, and then during two minutes, and sometimes three, I lived over again all that I suffered the time the orphan asylum burned down.
Bein' as how there's `Fresh Paint' signs hung all over the breedge, so 't a blind asylum couldn't miss 'em, I can't hardly account for your gettin' int' the pesky stuff.
But it will be owing only to your labors, and the fearless efforts of those who, trampling the laws and Constitution of the country under their feet, are determined that they will "hide the out- cast," and that their hearths shall be, spite of the law, an asylum for the oppressed, if, some time or other, the humblest may stand in our streets, and bear witness in safety against the cruelties of which he has been the victim.
That forest-dell, where Lowood lay, was the cradle of fog and fog- bred pestilence; which, quickening with the quickening spring, crept into the Orphan Asylum, breathed typhus through its crowded schoolroom and dormitory, and, ere May arrived, transformed the seminary into an hospital.
There's this to do," thundered Heathcliff, "that your master's mad; and should he last another month, I'll have him to an asylum.