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ASYLUM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does asylum mean? 

ASYLUM (noun)
  The noun ASYLUM has 2 senses:

1. a shelter from danger or hardship
2. a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

  Familiarity information: ASYLUM used as a noun is rare.


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ASYLUM (noun)


Sense 1asylum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A shelter from danger or hardship

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

asylum; sanctuary; refuge

Hypernyms ("asylum" is a kind of...):

shelter (a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "asylum"):

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)


Sense 2asylum [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

mental institution; insane asylum; psychiatric hospital; mental home; mental hospital; asylum; institution

Hypernyms ("asylum" is a kind of...):

hospital; infirmary (a health facility where patients receive treatment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "asylum"):

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)


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