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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.

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. Bryant McGill:

    Surrender is the path to freedom through our unique authenticity, where we experience the flow of life not through the narrow lens of the mind, but through the vast refuge of the heart.

  2. Ben DeJong:

    Six inches does not sound like much, but when you're in a landscape like the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, that's a lot of sea level rise, i have worked alongside private land owners who have had family farms in the area for years and they are the first to tell you they are losing land.

  3. Vilma Maldonado:

    Sometimes I think he's dead, but then I seek refuge in God and try to think the opposite and ask God to take these ideas out of my mind because if I'm trusting God you have to have faith that my son is still alive.

  4. Xochitl Hinojosa:

    Hillary Clinton has real concerns about these reports, especially as families are coming together during this holiday season, she believes it is critical that everyone has a full and fair hearing, and that our country provides refuge to those that need it. And we should be guided by a spirit of humanity and generosity as we approach these issues.

  5. Patrick Wright:

    I get why they're here, taking over the refuge and threatening gun violence is a little extreme, but it's getting them heard, that's for sure.

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