Simple Definition of asylum
: protection given by a government to someone who has left another country in order to escape being harmed
: a hospital where people who are mentally ill are cared for especially for long periods of time : a mental hospital
Full Definition of asylum
1 : an inviolable place of refuge and protection giving shelter to criminals and debtors : sanctuary
2 : a place of retreat and security : shelter
3 a : the protection or inviolability afforded by an asylum : refuge b : protection from arrest and extradition given especially to political refugees by a nation or by an embassy or other agency enjoying diplomatic immunity
4 : an institution for the care of the destitute or sick and especially the insane
Examples of asylum
She asked for political asylum.
She was granted asylum after it was made clear that she would be killed if she returned to her native country.
Origin of asylum
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek asylon, neuter of asylos inviolable, from a- + sylon right of seizure
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with asylum
ASYLUM Defined for Kids
Definition of asylum
1 : a place of protection and shelter <They sought asylum from the storm.>
2 : protection given especially to political refugees
3 : a place for the care of the poor or the physically or mentally ill
Medical Definition of asylum
: an institution for the relief or care of the destitute or sick and especially the insane
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