What does refuge mean?

Definitions for refugeˈrɛf yudʒ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word refuge.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. safety, refuge(noun)

    a safe place

    "He ran to safety"

  2. recourse, refuge, resort(noun)

    something or someone turned to for assistance or security

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

  3. refuge, sanctuary, asylum(noun)

    a shelter from danger or hardship

  4. recourse, resort, refuge(noun)

    act of turning to for assistance

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


  1. refuge(Noun)

    A state of safety, protection or shelter

  2. refuge(Noun)

    A place providing safety, protection or shelter

  3. refuge(Noun)

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

  4. Origin: From refuge.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refuge(noun)

    shelter or protection from danger or distress

  2. Refuge(noun)

    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. Refuge(noun)

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

  4. Refuge(verb)

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Quentin Crisp:

    Sex is the last refuge of the miserable.

  2. Samuel Johnson:

    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

  3. Oscar Wilde:

    Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

  4. Isaac Asimov:

    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

  5. Edward Albee:

    Comedy is the last refuge of the nonconformist mind.

Images & Illustrations of refuge

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