asylum

Any mom taking care of the kids day in and day out is probably more than ready to seek asylum, or refuge, at a local spa.

You may have heard asylum used to describe an institution where insane people are housed, but did you know that an asylum can also be somewhere you’d happily and willingly go? An asylum offers shelter and protection, like the awning of a building in a downpour. Or a country that takes in refugees in danger of persecution — otherwise known as "political asylum."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: asylum

1
n
a shelter from danger or hardship
2
n
a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: asylum
1

n a shelter from danger or hardship

Synonyms:
refuge, sanctuary
Types:
harbor, harbour
a place of refuge and comfort and security
safehold
a refuge from attack
safe house
a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
Type of:
shelter
a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
2

n a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

Synonyms:
insane asylum, institution, mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, psychiatric hospital
Types:
Bedlam, booby hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny farm, funny house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house, nuthouse, sanatorium, snake pit
pejorative terms for an insane asylum
Type of:
hospital, infirmary
a health facility where patients receive treatment
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