Definition of asylum in English:
- In June 2004 the Home Office refused to grant him asylum and was going to send him back to Iran.
- Each year, a smaller proportion of asylum applications is being granted.
- Rape is routinely used as a weapon of war, but rape victims are rarely granted asylum.
- Moreover, most of them languish in mental asylums and hospitals without being visited or taken care of by their relatives.
- We should have institutions and asylums where we can put those people and care for them, and where they are protected from society and society is protected from them.
- Once upon a time there were big Victorian asylums where the mentally ill were institutionalised.
late Middle English (in the sense 'place of refuge', especially for criminals): via Latin from Greek asulon 'refuge', from asulos 'inviolable', from a- 'without' + sulon 'right of seizure'. The current senses date from the 18th century.
At first an asylum was a ‘place of refuge, especially for criminals’; it came via Latin from Greek asulon ‘refuge’, from a- ‘without’, and sulon ‘right of seizure’. Current senses referring to political refuge or to an institution for the mentally ill, date from the 18th century.
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