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Definition of Asylum

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

All the asylum clothing is made by the patients, but sewing does not employ one's mind. After several months' confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint, and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder over their hopeless fate.
Nellie Bly

I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat.
Antonin Artaud

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

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

My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilisation, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can't prove it, but you can't disprove it either.
Christopher Hitchens
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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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