Definition of asylum in English:


Line breaks: asy¦lum
Pronunciation: /əˈsʌɪləm


  • 2 dated An institution for the care of people who are mentally ill: he’d been committed to an asylum
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    • 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.
    psychiatric hospital, mental hospital, mental institution, mental asylum, institution
    North American informal bughouse, booby hatch
    dated lunatic asylum
    archaic bedlam


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'. Current senses date from the 18th century.

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