asylum

/asaylam/ A sanctuary, or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be taken without sacrilege. Shelter; refuge; protection from the hand of justice. The word includes not only place, but also shelter, security, protection. While a foreign country has the right to offer an asylum to fugitives from other countries, there is no corresponding right on the part of the alien to claim asylum. This right of asylum has been voluntarily limited by most countries by treaties providing for the extradition (q.v.) of fugitive criminals (international extradition).
In time of war, a place of refuge in neutral territory for belligerent warships. An institution for the protection and relief of unfortunates, as asylums for the poor, or for the insane; though this term is no longer generally used for such institutions

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  • Asylum — may refer:* Psychiatric hospital, once known as an insane asylum or mental asylum, is a hospital specializing in the treatment of persons with mental illness * Destitute Asylum, an institution built in the 1850s in Adelaide, Australia for… …   Wikipedia

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  • asylum — asy·lum /ə sī ləm/ n: protection from arrest and extradition given esp. to political refugees by a nation or by an embassy or other agency that has diplomatic immunity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. asylum …   Law dictionary

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  • Asylum — ist der Titel: eines britischen Horrorfilms von 1972, siehe Asylum (1972) eines US amerikanischen Dokumentarfilms von 2003, siehe Asylum (Kurzfilm) eines Computerspiels von 1981, siehe Asylum (Computerspiel) eines Films von David Mackenzie von… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • asylum — 1. The word is no longer used, except with historical reference, of a psychiatric hospital, which is now typically called clinic, psychiatric unit, or simply hospital or by its name. The principal use of asylum now is to denote the status (in… …   Modern English usage

  • asylum — early 15c., earlier asile (late 14c.), from L. asylum sanctuary, from Gk. asylon refuge, noun use of neut. of asylos inviolable, safe from violence, especially of persons seeking protection, from a without + syle right of seizure. So literally an …   Etymology dictionary

  • asylum — [n1] refuge cover, den, harbor, haven, hideaway, hideout, hole, ivory tower*, port, preserve, refuge, retreat, safe house, safety, sanctuary, security, shelter; concepts 435,515 asylum [n2] psychiatric hospital institution, loony bin*, madhouse* …   New thesaurus

  • Asylum —    Drame fantastique de Roy Ward Baker, avec Patrick Magee, Peter Cushing, Charlotte Rampling.   Pays: Grande Bretagne   Date de sortie: 1972   Technique: couleurs   Durée: 1 h 28    Résumé    Dans un hôpital psychiatrique, un médecin doit… …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

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