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Alsatia

[al-sey-shuh]
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noun
  1. name formerly given to the Whitefriars district in London, England, which was a sanctuary for debtors and lawbreakers.
  2. ancient name of Alsace.
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Examples from the Web for alsatia

Historical Examples

  • The monument is represented in Schoepflin, Alsatia Illustrata, 1751, vol.

    Woman under Monasticism

    Lina Eckenstein

  • The name of Alsatia had been long forgotten, but the asylum still remained.

    South London

    Sir Walter Besant

  • There were other places equally secure for rogues, besides Alsatia.

    South London

    Sir Walter Besant

  • In France, Alsatia is chosen as a residence by nearly all those that visit that country.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • But the purlieus of the neighbourhood continue, unhappily, to be the Alsatia of the town.

    Toronto of Old

    Henry Scadding


British Dictionary definitions for alsatia

Alsatia

noun
  1. the ancient name for Alsace
  2. an area around Whitefriars, London, in the 17th century, which was a sanctuary for criminals and debtors
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