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[ref-yooj] /ˈrɛf yudʒ/
shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.:
to take refuge from a storm.
a place of shelter, protection, or safety.
anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.
verb (used with object), refuged, refuging.
Archaic. to afford refuge to.
verb (used without object), refuged, refuging.
Archaic. to take refuge.
Origin of refuge
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
1. security, safety. 2. asylum, retreat, sanctuary, haven, stronghold. Unabridged
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  • The hospital had been a place of refuge, she hated to leave it.

    To Love Margaret Peterson
  • It is a refuge for the incompetent whose one skill is in grafting.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • We have a refuge in the light of the first morning, made brighter by the noon.

    The Secret of the Creation Howard D. Pollyen
  • It is our only refuge from pessimism and despair for the world.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Then, if you discharge me, I will fly for refuge to Mr. Pitkin.

    The Errand Boy Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for refuge


shelter or protection, as from the weather or danger
any place, person, action, or thing that offers or appears to offer protection, help, or relief: accused of incompetence, he took refuge in lying
another name for traffic island
(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

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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