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English Dictionary: refuge by the DICT Development Group
3 results for refuge
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a safe place; "He ran to safety"
    Synonym(s): safety, refuge
  2. something or someone turned to for assistance or security; "his only recourse was the police"; "took refuge in lying"
    Synonym(s): recourse, refuge, resort
  3. a shelter from danger or hardship
    Synonym(s): refuge, sanctuary, asylum
  4. act of turning to for assistance; "have recourse to the courts"; "an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"
    Synonym(s): recourse, resort, refuge
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Refuge \Ref"uge\ (r?f"?j), n. [F. r[82]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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Refuge \Ref"uge\ (r?f"?j), v. t.
      To shelter; to protect. [Obs.]
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