refuge

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English refuge, from Old French refuge, from Latin refugium, from re- + fugiō (flee). Doublet of refugium.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛfjuːdʒ/
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Noun[edit]

refuge (countable and uncountable, plural refuges)

  1. A state of safety, protection or shelter.
  2. A place providing safety, protection or shelter.
  3. Something or someone turned to for safety or assistance; a recourse or resort.
  4. An expedient to secure protection or defence.
    • c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iii]:
      Their latest refuge / Was to send him.
    • a. 1639, Henry Wotton, An Essay on the Education of Children, in the First Rudiments of Learning, London: T. Waller, published 1753, page 17:
      This is occaſioned by this, that too too often the Teaching of a Grammar School is the ordinary Refuge that deſperate Perſons as to any other Employment in good Learning betake themſelves to; whilſt but a few know themſelves ſuited with intellectual and moral Abilities, and fewer have that Encouragement, when they undertake it, their Pains deſerve.
  5. A refuge island.

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Verb[edit]

refuge (third-person singular simple present refuges, present participle refuging, simple past and past participle refuged)

  1. (intransitive) To return to a place of shelter.
    • 2011, Michael D. Gumert, Agustín Fuentes, Lisa Jones-Engel, Monkeys on the Edge
      Among these macaques, although activity cycles are quite variable from location to location, refuging is a common characteristic.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To shelter; to protect.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Latin refugium.

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refuge m (plural refuges)

  1. refuge

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  • Turkish: refüj

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

refuge

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of refugiō

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French refuge, from Latin refūgium. Compare refute.

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refuge (plural refuges)

  1. refuge (state or means of protection)
  2. refuge (place of protection)
  3. A protector; one who protects or safeguards.

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Old French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin refugium. Doublet of refui.

Noun[edit]

refuge m (oblique plural refuges, nominative singular refuges, nominative plural refuge)

  1. a refuge
  2. (figuratively) a protector or savior

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