AskDefine | Define asylum

Dictionary Definition



1 a shelter from danger or hardship [syn: refuge, sanctuary]
2 a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person [syn: mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum]

User Contributed Dictionary




  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.


A place of safety
Mental asylum

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Extensive Definition

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asylum in Esperanto: Asylum
asylum in French: Asylum
asylum in Italian: Asylum
asylum in Dutch: Asylum
asylum in Norwegian: Asyl
asylum in Simple English: Asylum

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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