- An example of refuge is what you seek when you go to a church and ask them to protect you from rioters outside.
- An example of refuge is a church that provides a place safe from danger.
Refuge is defined as a place where you are sheltered from danger, or to the condition of being sheltered from danger.
- shelter or protection from danger, difficulty, etc.
- a person or thing that gives shelter, help, or comfort
- a place of safety; shelter; safe retreat
- an expediency or shift; action taken to escape trouble or difficulty
Origin of refugeOld French ; from Classical Latin refugium ; from refugere, to retreat ; from re-, back + fugere, to flee: see fugitive
Archaic to give refuge to
Archaic to take refuge
- Protection or shelter, as from danger or hardship: sought refuge from the storm in a cabin.
- a. A place providing protection or shelter: a colony that was a refuge for religious nonconformists.b. An undeveloped area for the preservation of animals and plants.
- A source of help, relief, or comfort in times of trouble: “Reva's love was her refuge from shame and degradation” (Richard Wright). See Synonyms at shelter.
Origin of refugeMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin refugium, from refugere, to run away : re-, re- + fugere, to flee.
(third-person singular simple present refuges, present participle refuging, simple past and past participle refuged)
- (intransitive) To return to a place of shelter.
From Old French refuge.