Definition of lunatic asylum in English:
A psychiatric hospital.
- Until the 1970s some governments consigned those people who came under their control to ‘quiet and chronic’ wards in lunatic asylums or hospitals for the insane, and forgot them.
- It opened as the County Lunatic Asylum in 1774, one of the first purpose-built lunatic asylums in the country.
- Well-to-do Victorians used to pay to tour lunatic asylums, deriving great amusement from the inmates.
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