asylum asylum  /ə ˈsaɪ ləm/


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


  1. When Jane was committed to an asylum, she was not capable of understanding how these doctors could heal her.
  2. The boat people sought political asylum in a country that was reeling under a sudden influx of refugees.


  1. Asylum busted, booze confiscated after late-night party

    Atlanta Police responded to a call at East Atlanta's Asylum Restaurant and Lounge early Wednesday, arresting the manager and citing the club for operating after hours and serving alcohol without a license, among other violations. According to a police report, when officers arrived around 7:15 a.m. this morning a few patrons were still "sitting at a booth with drinks on their table.… [ Read more ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Creative Loafing Atlanta

  2. Moscow says asylum 'will be considered' for Snowden if requested

    Moscow has opened the door to asylum for American whistleblower Edward Snowden.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Fox News

  3. Russia would consider asylum for U.S. cyber leaker

    By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia would consider granting asylum to the American who has exposed top-secret U.S. surveillance programs, if he were to ask for it, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Tuesday. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stopped short of saying Moscow would accept Edward Snowden, but pro-Kremlin lawmakers spoke out in favor of the idea, tapping into a lingering Cold ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News


  1. "People should say what they feel, and my view is many in the community should feel anxious when they see asylum-seeker boats, and obviously we as a government want to manage our borders," she said.
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Julia Gillard Source: Ipswich Queensland Times

  2. According to The Times, Kazemi wrote in a letter addressed to Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary: "I did not come to the UK to claim asylum. I came here to study and return to my country. But . . . my situation has changed. The Iranian authorities...
    on Mar 12, 2008 By: Zahra Kazemi Source: eFluxMedia

  3. "Tim and Junior have played by the rules since day one," Kerry said. "Junior's asylum claim is a legitimate one and has been recognized as such."
    on Mar 20, 2009 By: John Kerry Source: FOXNews

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