- a refuge granted an alien by a sovereign state on its own territory.
- a temporary refuge granted political offenders, especially in a foreign embassy.
Origin of asylum
Examples from the Web for asylum
This is because the only location that debate could take place would be in an asylum.
Others believe Israel should be more welcoming to asylum seekers, considering it was founded by Jewish refugees.
Immigration judges in El Paso have among the lowest rates of asylum approval in the country.How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers on the Border|Caitlin Dickson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But his asylum was rejected, thanks to the blurring of lines that intelligence assets are often mired in.
So when I get caught and they take me out from the asylum to lynch me, I check myself back into the asylum.Scott Haze on Playing a Necrophiliac in ‘Child of God’ and Naked Paintballing with James Franco|Melissa Leon|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What does your father say about putting Isaac in the asylum?Mortmain|Arthur Cheny Train
Like the God whom it hymns, it has been "for generation after generation" an asylum.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Volume III|Alexander Maclaren
For a year he held this place, then relapsed and came back to the asylum, where he stayed for over twelve months.Grappling with the Monster|T. S. Arthur
May not this practice be justly regarded as an abuse of the asylum?On the State of Lunacy and the Legal Provision for the Insane|John T. Arlidge
Likewise in America the term "asylum" was frequently given to the schools when first started.The Deaf|Harry Best
British Dictionary definitions for asylum
Word Origin for asylum
Word Origin and History for asylum
early 15c., earlier asile (late 14c.), from Latin asylum "sanctuary," from Greek asylon "refuge," noun use of neuter of asylos "inviolable, safe from violence," especially of persons seeking protection, from a- "without" + syle "right of seizure." So literally "an inviolable place." General sense of "safe or secure place" is from 1640s; meaning "benevolent institution to shelter some class of persons" is from 1776.