- 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.
- Archaic. to afford refuge to.
- Archaic. to take refuge.
Origin of refuge
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Related Wordsstronghold, sanctuary, hideaway, resort, shelter, hideout, protection, fortress, security, asylum, haven, retreat, shield, covert, escape, home, port, stopgap, makeshift, exit
Examples from the Web for refuge
They carved a refuge out of the wilderness and then, in 200 years, built it into the most powerful nation on earth.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
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The regions where it is strong have served as a refuge for al Qaeda, which is the main American target.Taliban: We Slaughtered 100+ Kids Because Their Parents Helped America
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Casa Bruja is a diamond in the rough, a refuge among all this bedlam.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
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He bought a garage and he offered a refuge or sorts to a faction of the Juárez cartel that threw in its lot with El Chapo.U.S. Visas Helped Fuel the Juárez Drug Wars
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Public schools remain the refuge of those who have no other place to go.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
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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.
He would never have gone to his father's room for refuge from sleeplessness.
- shelter or protection, as from the weather or danger
- any place, person, action, or thing that offers or appears to offer protection, help, or reliefaccused of incompetence, he took refuge in lying
- another name for traffic island
- archaic to take refuge or give refuge to
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
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