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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek asylon, from asylos 'not able to be seized'

asylum

noun
     
a‧sy‧lum
1 [uncountable] protection given to someone by a government because they have escaped from fighting or political trouble in their own country
apply for/seek/be granted asylum
He has been granted asylum in France.
political asylum
2 [countable] old use a mental hospital

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