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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 disabilities, 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 ?
Dashwood rejected any but thrilling tales, and as thrills could not be produced except by harrowing up the souls of the readers, history and romance, land and sea, science and art, police records and lunatic asylums, had to be ransacked for the purpose.
I saw no idiots there, but the captain said, "Because of late years the government has taken to lugging them off to asylums and otherwheres; and government wants to cripple the factory, too, and is trying to get these Dilsbergers to marry out of the family, but they don't like to.
and the solution of it has been repeatedly attempted, with no other result than to crowd our lunatic asylums with the would-be solvers.
Dreadful nightmares beset me; I saw in these mysterious asylums a world of unknown animals, amongst which this submarine boat seemed to be of the same kind, living, moving, and formidable as they.
It will be one valiant sword the less, but there will remain still three, without reckoning my own; now four devoted men around the king to protect him from his enemies, to be at his side in battle, to aid him with counsel, to escort him in flight, are sufficient, not to make the king a conqueror, but to save him if conquered; and whatever Mazarin may say, once on the shores of France your royal husband may find as many retreats and asylums as the seabird finds in a storm.
He told them that steps would be taken immediately to free his serfs- and that till then they were not to be overburdened with labor, women while nursing their babies were not to be sent to work, assistance was to be given to the serfs, punishments were to be admonitory and not corporal, and hospitals, asylums, and schools were to be established on all the estates.
Ladies and gentlemen," he said, coolly, "you see me under suspicious circumstances, but"--his voice was drowned in peals of laughter--such laughter as is heard in asylums for the insane.
I have since seen lunatics in the violent wards of asylums that seemed to behave in no wise different from Victor's way, save that perhaps he was more violent.
Yes, of course," said Marilla, as if getting boys from orphan asylums in Nova Scotia were part of the usual spring work on any well-regulated Avonlea farm instead of being an unheard of innovation.
The learned professor assumes that while a long-continued war had strengthened rather than weakened the instinct of paternal devotion, it had also dulled other humanitarian instincts, and raised to the first magnitude the law of the survival of the fittest, with the result that when the exodus took place the strong, the intelligent, and the cunning, together with their offspring, crossed the waters of the Channel or the North Sea to the continent, leaving in unhappy England only the helpless inmates of asylums for the feebleminded and insane.
Take as much pains to make charities and asylums known among the people without money as are taken to make a new play, a new journal, or a new medicine known among the people with money and you will save many a lost creature who is perishing now.
His 'Hard Cash' (1863), which attacks private insane asylums, is powerful; but his most important work is 'The Cloister and the Hearth' (1861), one of the most informing and vivid of all historical novels, with the father of Erasmus for its hero.