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refuge

[ref-yooj] /ˈrɛf yudʒ/
noun
1.
shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.:
to take refuge from a storm.
2.
a place of shelter, protection, or safety.
3.
anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.
verb (used with object), refuged, refuging.
4.
Archaic. to afford refuge to.
verb (used without object), refuged, refuging.
5.
Archaic. to take refuge.
Origin of refuge
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin refugium, equivalent to refug(ere) to turn and flee, run away (re- re- + fugere to flee; see fugitive) + -ium -ium
Synonyms
1. security, safety. 2. asylum, retreat, sanctuary, haven, stronghold.
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  • There is a refuge for him, a defence, a safeguard which no material attack can break down.

  • I have said that the refuge in God is not a question of morals; but it is one of righteousness.

  • I have not meant to say that even with one's refuge in God there is nothing left to struggle with.

  • She knew at once that she must betake her to the Truth for refuge.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • He would never have gone to his father's room for refuge from sleeplessness.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for refuge

refuge

/ˈrɛfjuːdʒ/
noun
1.
shelter or protection, as from the weather or danger
2.
any place, person, action, or thing that offers or appears to offer protection, help, or relief: accused of incompetence, he took refuge in lying
3.
another name for traffic island
verb
4.
(archaic) to take refuge or give refuge to
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin refugium, from refugere to flee away, from re- + fugere to escape
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Word Origin and History for refuge
n.

"shelter or protection from danger or distress," late 14c., from Old French refuge "hiding place" (12c.), from Latin refugium "a taking refuge; place to flee back to," from re- "back" (see re-) + fugere "to flee" (see fugitive) + -ium "place for."

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