AskDefine | Define refuge

Dictionary Definition

refuge

Noun

1 a safe place; "He ran to safety" [syn: safety]
2 something or someone turned to for assistance or security; "his only recourse was the police"; "took refuge in lying" [syn: recourse, resort]
3 a shelter from danger or hardship [syn: sanctuary, asylum]
4 act of turning to for assistance; "have recourse to the courts"; "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort" [syn: recourse, resort]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From refuge.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A state of safety, protection or shelter
  2. A place providing safety, protection or shelter
  3. Something or someone turned to for safety or assistance; a recourse or resort

Synonyms

Translations

A state of safety, protection or shelter
A place providing safety, protection or shelter
Something or someone turned to for safety or assistance

Derived terms

French

Etymology

From refugium.

Pronunciation

Noun

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Extensive Definition

Refuge is a place or state of safety. Refuge may also refer to:

Other uses

See also

refuge in Danish: Refugium
refuge in French: Refuge

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alibi, apology, asylum, blind, bolt-hole, cache, citadel, cloak, color, concealment, corner, cover, cover story, cover-up, covert, coverture, cranny, cubby, cubbyhole, dark corner, defense, den, dernier ressort, device, dodge, dugout, evasion, excuse, expediency, expedient, eye, facade, feint, foxhole, front, funk hole, gloss, guard, guise, handle, harbor, harborage, haven, hideaway, hideout, hidey hole, hiding, hiding place, hole, immunity, lair, lame excuse, lee, locus standi, makeshift, mask, niche, nook, ostensible motive, poor excuse, port, preservation, pretense, pretension, pretext, protection, protective custody, protestation, public motive, put-off, receipt, receiving, reception, recess, recourse, resort, retreat, ruse, safekeeping, safety, sanctuary, screen, secret place, security, semblance, shade, shadow, sham, shelter, shield, shift, show, smoke screen, stalking-horse, stash, stopgap, stratagem, stronghold, substitute, subterfuge, taking in, trick, undercovert, varnish, veil, watchful eye, welcome, welcoming
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