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  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.
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verb (used with object), ref·uged, ref·ug·ing.
  1. Archaic. to afford refuge to.
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verb (used without object), ref·uged, ref·ug·ing.
  1. Archaic. to take refuge.
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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

Synonyms for refuge

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Historical Examples of refuged

  • There I refuged myself till the night came, beat upon by the waves till the breath was well-nigh battered out of my body.

    With Drake on the Spanish Main

    Herbert Strang

  • Harold said as clearly as I speak now, and he refuged himself on Hugh's sound shoulder, and stretched out, and lay all still.'

    Rewards and Fairies

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for refuged


  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 reliefaccused of incompetence, he took refuge in lying
  3. another name for traffic island
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  1. archaic to take refuge or give refuge to
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Word Origin for refuge

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 refuged



"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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