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Asylum

When:

Lookups spiked on August 1, 2013.

Why:

Russia granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked information about governmental surveillance practices.

Asylum means "protection given by a government to someone who has left another country in order to escape being harmed." It comes from the Greek word meaning "inviolable," which in Greek literally means "exempt from seizure."

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