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lunatic asylum

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Definition of lunatic asylum in English:

noun

dated
A psychiatric hospital.
Example sentences
  • 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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