What does Refuge mean?

Definitions for Refuge
ˈrɛf yudʒrefuge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. safety, refugenoun

    a safe place

    "He ran to safety"

  2. recourse, refuge, resortnoun

    something or someone turned to for assistance or security

    "his only recourse was the police"; "took refuge in lying"

  3. refuge, sanctuary, asylumnoun

    a shelter from danger or hardship

  4. recourse, resort, refugenoun

    act of turning to for assistance

    "have recourse to the courts"; "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"


  1. refugenoun

    A state of safety, protection or shelter

  2. refugenoun

    A place providing safety, protection or shelter

  3. refugenoun

    Something or someone turned to for safety or assistance; a recourse or resort

  4. Etymology: From refuge.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. REFUGEnoun

    Etymology: refuge, Fr. refugium, Lat.

    Rocks, dens and caves! but I in none of these
    Find place or refuge. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix.

    The young ones, supposed to break through the belly of the dam, will, upon any fright, for protection run into it; for then the old one receives them in at her mouth, which way, the fright being past, they will return again; which is a peculiar way of refuge. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Those, who take refuge in a multitude, have an Arian council to answer for. Francis Atterbury.

    The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed; a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm ix. 9.

    They shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood. Jos.

    Fair majesty, the refuge and redress
    Of those whom fate pursues. Dryden.

    This last old man,
    Whom with a crack’d heart I have sent to Rome,
    Lov’d me above the measure of a father:
    Their latest refuge was to send him. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Light must be supplied among graceful refuges, by terracing any story in danger of darkness. Henry Wotton.

  2. To Refugeverb

    To shelter; to protect.

    Etymology: refugier, Fr. from the noun.

    Silly beggars,
    Who sitting in the stocks, refuge their shame,
    That many have, and others must, sit there. William Shakespeare.

    Dreads the vengeance of her injur’d lord;
    Ev’n by those gods, who refug’d her, abhorr’d. Dryden.


  1. refuge

    Refuge can be defined as a place or state of safety, protection, or shelter that offers respite or relief from danger, harm, or adversity. It refers to a location or condition where individuals seek solace or temporary protection from threatening or hostile circumstances. Refuge may be physical, such as a designated area or facility, or psychological, where one finds comfort or peace of mind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refugenoun

    shelter or protection from danger or distress

  2. Refugenoun

    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

  3. Refugenoun

    an expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or contrivance

  4. Refugeverb

    to shelter; to protect


  1. Refuge

    Buddhists "take refuge" in, or to "go for refuge" to, the Three Jewels or Triple Gem,. This can be done formally in lay and monastic ordination ceremonies. The Three Jewels general signification is: ⁕the Buddha; ⁕the Dharma, the teachings; ⁕the Sangha, the community of enlightened beings, often approximated to community of monks and nuns. In Vajrayana, practitioners can visualize the refuge tree, and to aid this interior viewing, the refuge tree is typically depicted on scroll paintings or murals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Refuge

    ref′ūj, n. that which affords shelter or protection: an asylum or retreat: a resource or expedient.—v.t. to find shelter for.—v.i. to take shelter.—ns. Refugēē′, one who flees for refuge to another country, esp. from religious persecution or political commotion; Refugēē′ism.—City of refuge (see City); House of refuge, an institution for the shelter of the destitute. [Fr.,—L. refugiumre-, back, frugĕre, to flee.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Refuge' in Nouns Frequency: #2937

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Refuge in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Refuge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Refuge in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Johnson:

    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

  2. Oscar Wilde:

    Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.

  3. Heywood Broun:

    A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.

  4. French President Francois Hollande:

    What exists today is no longer enough and there are countries, and I will not name them here because we have to work with all of them, but who are not responding to their moral obligations, europe is a group of principles, of values which oblige us to welcome those who are pushed out and look for refuge because they are persecuted.

  5. Navajo Nation:

    This landscape is home to many historical and cultural sites, plants, water, traditional medicines, and teachings for our people. It also provided refuge for our people in times of conflict, bears Ears is sacred and Bears Ears deserves to be protected.

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