Definitions of asylum

  1. a shelter from danger or hardship
  2. a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
  3. 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.
  4. Any place of retreat and security.
  5. 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.
  6. A legal status granted to an individual who is in the United States and fears political persecution if he or she is forced to return to their home country.
  7. A place of refuge; a place for the care or relief of the aged, poor, etc.
  8. An institution for the housing and care, under restraint, of those who by reason of tender age, mental or bodily infirmities, etc., are unable to care for themselves. In the United States the public insane asylums are now usually called State hospitals.
  9. A refuge for the incapable and destitute.
  10. A place of refuge for debtors and for such as were accused of some crime: an institution for the care or relief of the unfortunate, such as the blind or insane: any place of refuge or protection.
  11. A refuge; a charitable institution for invalids.
  12. An institution for the care of invalids; a refuge; retreat.
  13. A sanctuary or place of refuge where a criminal might take shelter and be free from arrest; any place of retreat and security; an institution for the care or relief of the dumb, blind, destitute, & c.
  14. A place of refuge; a sanctuary; a place out of which he that has fied to it may not be taken.

Usage examples for asylum

  1. His attention thus constantly engaged with his singular discoveries, his imagination became so heated with the ideas they gave him, that, in his head, they would soon have been converted into a system, that is into folly, if, happily for his reason, but unfortunately for his friends, to whom he was dear, and to whom his house was an agreeable asylum, a most cruel and extraordinary disease had not put an end to his existence. – The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Book VIII. by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  2. Asylum; and Strabo, p. – Plutarch's Lives Volume III. by Plutarch
  3. A religious asylum in a snow- buried mountain pass will breed conspiring monks. – Last Words by Stephen Crane
  4. As an artist, he will not bear a moment's comparison with Andreev; but some of his short stories and his play, " The Night Asylum," have the genuine Russian note of reality, and a rude strength much too great for its owner's control. – Essays on Russian Novelists by William Lyon Phelps
  5. He was afterwards confined in an asylum: in answer to inquiries how he came there, he replied-" I said the world was mad, and the world said I was mad; and they out- voted me." – The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2) by John West
  6. " Yet you've granted me asylum-" " Naturally!" – The Pirates of Ersatz by Murray Leinster
  7. Pichegru, while he was concealed in Paris; visited his former aide de camp, who insisted upon giving him an asylum; but Pichegru positively refused to accept M. Lagrenee's offer, being determined not to commit a man who had already given him so strong a proof of friendship. – Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, v7 by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
  8. " One would think she was speaking of a lunatic asylum or a jail. – Grace Harlowe's Senior Year at High School or The Parting of the Ways by Jessie Graham Flower
  9. If it's not a rude question, which asylum are you from? – The Man Upstairs and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
  10. She couldn'thelp it, she explained afterwards,- she had a little blind sister at the asylum, who had told her about Helen's reading to the children. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  11. From this Act sprang the asylum we proceed to describe. – Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles by Daniel Hack Tuke
  12. If you were in San Francisco you might find some of the attendants in the asylum, who could give you the information you desire. – The Cromptons by Mary J. Holmes
  13. Instead of which she left all her money to a deaf and dumb asylum. – Antony Gray,--Gardener by Leslie Moore
  14. So do please tell me, ought I to be in a lunatic asylum somewhere instead of preparing to go to Europe?" – Ester Ried by Pansy (aka. Isabella M. Alden)
  15. It took four strong men to get the brothers into the asylum carriage. – The Adventure of the Devil's Foot by Arthur Conan Doyle
  16. He was a lunatic who had escaped from an asylum near Exmoor. – Molly Brown's Sophomore Days by Nell Speed
  17. With as little delay as possible she had been driven away to the asylum. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  18. Halleck, The Orphan Asylum, and various Benevolent Societies, Citizens on Foot and Horseback, and 1500 in the Steerage. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  19. I am sure I wish we had such an asylum for our folks at home, and that we were eased of the expense of keeping our old hands. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. That by the asylum was the nearer and most vigorous. – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume II (of X) - Rome by Various