Ref"uge (r?f"?j), n. [F. r'efuge, L. refugium, fr. refugere to flee back; pref. re- + figere. See Fugitive.]


Shelter or protection from danger or distress.

Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these Find place or refuge. Milton.

We might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. Heb. vi. 18.


That which shelters or protects from danger, or from distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; a place inaccessible to an enemy.

The high hills are a refuger the wild goats. Ps. civ. 18.

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed. Ps. ix. 9.


An expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or contrivance.

Their latest refuge Was to send him. Shak.

Light must be supplied, among gracefulrefuges, by terracing story in danger of darkness. Sir H. Wotton.

Cities of refuge Jewish Antiq., certain cities appointed as places of safe refuge for persons who had committed homicide without design. Of these there were three on each side of Jordan. Josh. xx. -- House of refuge, a charitable institution for giving shelter and protection to the homeless, destitute, or tempted.

Syn. -- Shelter; asylum; retreat; covert.


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Ref"uge (r?f"?j), v. t.

To shelter; to protect.



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