asylum

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From Latin asylum.

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asylum (plural asylums)

  1. A place of safety.
  2. The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.
  3. A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἄσυλον

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asȳlum n (genitive asȳlī); second declension

  1. asylum (place of refuge), sanctuary

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative asȳlum asȳla
genitive asȳlī asȳlōrum
dative asȳlō asȳlīs
accusative asȳlum asȳla
ablative asȳlō asȳlīs
vocative asȳlum asȳla