Asylum Definition

ə-sīləm
noun
Protection and immunity from extradition granted by a government to a political refugee from another country.
American Heritage
A sanctuary, as a temple, where criminals, debtors, etc. were safe from arrest.
Webster's New World
A place offering protection and safety; a shelter.
American Heritage
A place where one is safe and secure; refuge.
Webster's New World
Protection or shelter; refuge.
Viewed her friend's apartment as a place of asylum.
American Heritage
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The decision by a country’s government to allow within its border a person from another country and to protect that person from prosecution and persecution by that other country’s government.
Webster's New World Law
The protection and refuge granted by a country to citizens and residents of other countries who obtain entry unto the premises of its foreign embassies and consulates.
Webster's New World Law

Other Word Forms of Asylum

Noun

Singular:
asylum
Plural:
asylums

Origin of Asylum

  • Middle English asilum refuge from Latin asȳlum from Greek asūlon sanctuary from neuter of asūlos inviolable a- without a–1 sūlon right of seizure

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin asylum.

    From Wiktionary

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