What does asylum mean?

Definitions for asylum
əˈsaɪ ləmasy·lum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. refuge, sanctuary, asylumnoun

    a shelter from danger or hardship

  2. mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum, asylumnoun

    a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person


  1. asylumnoun

    A place of safety

  2. asylumnoun

    The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.

  3. asylumnoun

    A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Asylumnoun

    A place out of which he that has fled to it, may not be taken; a sanctuary; a refuge.

    Etymology: Lat. ἄσυλον from α, not, and συλέω, to pillage.

    So sacred was the church to some, that it had the right of an asylum, or sanctuary. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asylumnoun

    a sanctuary or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be forcibly taken without sacrilege

  2. Asylumnoun

    any place of retreat and security

  3. Asylumnoun

    an institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute, unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind, or for the insane; a lunatic asylum; an orphan asylum

  4. Etymology: [L. asylum, Gr. , fr. exempt from spoliation, inviolable; 'a priv. + right of seizure.]


  1. Asylum

    Asylum is a horror film from 20th Century Fox released on DVD in 2008. David R. Ellis, of Final Destination 2 and Snakes on a Plane, directed. Parts of the movie were filmed on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. The film stars Sarah Roemer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Asylum

    a-sīl′um, n. a place of refuge for debtors and for such as were accused of some crime: an institution for the care or relief of the unfortunate, such as the blind or insane: any place of refuge or protection. [L.—Gr. asylona, neg., sylē, right of seizure.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. asylum

    A sanctuary or refuge; a name given to a benevolent institution at Greenwich, for 800 boys and 200 girls, orphans of seamen and marines. The Royal Military Asylum is also an excellent establishment of a similar nature at Chelsea, besides numerous others.

Editors Contribution

  1. Asylum

    A safe haven

    Seeking asylum in a country that freedom is prized the most.

    Submitted by anonymous on February 28, 2019  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'asylum' in Nouns Frequency: #2985

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asylum in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asylum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of asylum in a Sentence

  1. Ibn-e-Safi:

    Nuclear and Hydrogen Bomb experiments were beyond their comprehension. They could not figure out why a person is incarcerated in a mental asylum when he turns mad and why when a nation turns mad, we start calling it a Power

  2. Angela MerkelMerkel:

    Politically persecuted people have the right to asylum. We can be proud of the humanity of our Basic Law... we also grant protection to all those who flee to us from wars, i put it simply : Germany is a strong country. The motive with which we approach these things must be : We have achieved so much -- we can do it ! .

  3. Holger Muench:

    There is a threat level that should be taken seriously, but we have no concrete indications of planning for an attack, so far, we have no indication that a terrorist has entered Germany as an asylum seeker in order to perpetrate an attack.

  4. Andrew Goledzinowski:

    No asylum seeker who engages our (international) protection obligation is ever returned to a situation of danger.

  5. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    It is legal to claim asylum at the United States border. It is legal. It is legal. It is legal. It is legal to claim asylum.

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    • A. victimised
    • B. frantic
    • C. opaque
    • D. transparent

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