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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun A*sy"lum
  1. A sanctuary or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be forcibly taken without sacrilege."So sacred was the church to some, that it had the right of an asylum or sanctuary." [Ayliffe.]
  2. Any place of retreat and security."Earth has no other asylum for them than its own cold bosom." [Southey.]
  3. An institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute, unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind, or for the insane; a lunatic asylum; an orphan asylum.

Note: ☞ The name was anciently given to temples, altars, statues of the gods, and the like. In later times Christian churches were regarded as asylums in the same sense.

Etymology: L. asylum, Gr. �, fr. � exempt from spoliation, inviolable; 'a priv. + � right of seizure

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

From Latin asylum.

  1. A place of safety.
  2. The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.
  3. A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.

asylum was also found in the following language(s): Latin

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Asylum

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Fun Facts about the name Asylum

  • How unique is the name Asylum? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Asylum was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Asylum: Your name in reverse order is Mulysa. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Slymua. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Asylum born Apr 7, 1965

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Korea approximately on 1650. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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