V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a shelter from hardship or danger; 2. a hospital for the mentally disabled

Synonyms: sanctuary, shelter, refuge, safety, sanatorium


Tips: Asylum originates from the Greek word asulon, meaning "refuge," which comes from asulos, meaning "without right of seizure." Someone who seeks asylum in another country is seeking refuge from the hardships he or she would have to endure in his or her own country.

Usage Examples:

Several hundred Cuban refugees managed to get onto U.S. soil and asked for political asylum. (sanctuary, shelter)

She was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent six months in a mental asylum. (sanatorium)

They were granted asylum based on the hardships they suffered in their own country. (shelter, refuge)

The attorney specialized in cases having to do with the granting of political asylum. (safety, refuge)

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