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Meaning of REFUGE

Pronunciation:  'refyooj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  act of turning to for assistance; "have recourse to the courts"; "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"
  2. [n]  a shelter from danger or hardship
  3. [n]  something or someone turned to for assistance or security; "his only recourse was the police"; "took refuge in lying"
  4. [n]  a safe place; "He ran to safety"

REFUGE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: asylum, recourse, recourse, resort, resort, safety, sanctuary
 See Also: aid, area, assist, assistance, country, harborage, harbourage, help, resource, safe house, safehold, shadow, shelter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ref"uge\ (r?f"?j), n. [F. r['e]fuge, L. refugium, fr.
    refugere to flee back; pref. re- + figere. SEe {Fugitive}.]
    1. Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
             Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these Find
             place or refuge.                      --Milton.
             We might have a strong consolation, who have fled
             for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.
                                                   --Heb. vi. 18.
    2. That which shelters or protects from danger, or from
       distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its
       strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its
       sacredness; a place inaccessible to an enemy.
             The high hills are a refuger the wild goats. --Ps.
                                                   civ. 18.
             The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed.
                                                   --Ps. ix. 9.
    3. An expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or
             Their latest refuge Was to send him.  --Shak.
             Light must be supplied, among gracefulrefuges, by
             terracing ??? story in danger of darkness. --Sir H.
    {Cities of refuge} (Jewish Antiq.), certain cities appointed
       as places of safe refuge for persons who had committed
       homicide without design. Of these there were three on each
       side of Jordan. --Josh. xx.
    {House of refuge}, a charitable institution for giving
       shelter and protection to the homeless, destitute, or
    Syn: Shelter; asylum; retreat; covert.
  2. \Ref"uge\ (r?f"?j), v. t.
    To shelter; to protect. [Obs.]