People who flee a nation, often to escape punishment for their political affiliations or for political dissent.

Words Nearby refugees

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How to use refugees in a sentence

  • Neutral passenger-steamers were allowed to take away refugees other than Spanish subjects.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • A number of the refugees were marching towards the ferries, although a curtain of smoke bounded the lower end of Market Street.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • As we went we met refugees flying from a burning town which had been set on fire by German shells.

  • As we could not get any porters many of us refused to get down, with the plea that we were refugees and not tourists.

    Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
  • The Yankee officers were sent to an upper room, while the refugees were guarded below, under the immediate eyes of the soldiery.