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Definition of Asylum


  1. A sanctuary or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be forcibly taken without sacrilege.
  2. Any place of retreat and security.
  3. An institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute, unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind, or for the insane; a lunatic asylum; an orphan asylum.

Asylum Quotations

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.
Samuel Adams

Being born into the Royal Family is like being born into a mental asylum. Marrying into it is not something to be taken lightly.
John Lydon

Any country that grants asylum to Snowden risks retaliation from the United States, including diplomatic isolation and costly trade sanctions. Several don't seem to care.
Stephen Kinzer

I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly - a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God's creatures, the insane, were cared for kindly and properly.
Nellie Bly
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Asylum Translations

asylum in Afrikaans is toevlugsoord
asylum in Danish is asyl
asylum in Dutch is toevluchtsoord, asiel, asyl
asylum in French is asile
asylum in German is Asyl {n}, Asyl {n}, Heim {n}
asylum in Italian is asilo
asylum in Norwegian is asyl
asylum in Spanish is asilo, asilo
asylum in Swedish is asyl
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