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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin refugium, from refugere 'to run away', from fugere; FUGITIVE2

refuge

noun
     
ref‧uge
1 [uncountable] shelter or protection from someone or something
take/seek refuge (in something)
During the frequent air-raids, people took refuge in their cellars.
2 [countable] a place that provides shelter, or protection from danger:
refuge from
A huge oak tree provided a refuge from the storm.
refuge for
a refuge for battered wives

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