Definition for REF'UGE

REF'UGE, n. [Fr. from L. refugium, refugio; re and fugio, to flee.]

  1. Shelter or protection from danger or distress. … Rocks, dens and eaves, but I in none of these / Find place or refuge. – Milton. We have made lies our refuge. – Is. xxviii. We might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before us. – Heb. vi.
  2. That which shelters or protects from danger, distress or calamity; a strong hold which protects by its strength or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place inaccessible to an enemy. The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats. – Ps. civ. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed. – Ps. ix.
  3. An expedient to secure protection or defense. This last old man … / Their latest refuge was to send to him. – Shak.
  4. Expedient, in general. Light must be supplied, among graceful refuges, by terracing any story in danger of darkness. – Wotton. Cities of refuge, among the Israelites, certain cities appointed to secure the safety of such persons as might commit homicide without design. Of these there were three on each side of Jordan. – Josh. xx.

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