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.

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

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

  2. Asylumnoun

    any place of retreat and security

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

  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

    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. Sean Roberts:

    They're terrified. They don't know what to do. They don't necessarily want to declare asylum in United States because that reflects badly on their family, but they've also gotten messages from the region that they shouldn't come back because they'll definitely be put in one of these internment camps.

  2. Integration Inger Stojberg:

    It is a matter of slowing down the flow of asylum seekers... We need to be able to keep up.

  3. Mike Brickner:

    The DHS’s decision to partner with private prisons sends a horrible message about profiteering at the expense of individuals seeking asylum, during ICE detention, these people have been subject to abuse and mistreatment. Incentivizing private companies to detain people for profit only exacerbates our criminal justice system problems. To allow more people to be incarcerated for a profit in Ohio sends our state in the wrong direction.

  4. Human Rights Watch:

    The Australian government's failure to address serious abuses appears to be a deliberate policy to deter further asylum seekers from arriving in the country by boat.

  5. Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    The situation is extremely unsatisfying, we need a common European asylum policy.

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    one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
    • A. sapling
    • B. ventricle
    • C. schlockmeister
    • D. macron

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