asylum - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the right to stay in a country, given by a government to protect someone who has escaped from war or political trouble in their own country
    seek asylum:

    More than half a million people sought asylum in Europe last year.

    political asylum:

    The number of refugees seeking political asylum has risen recently.

    grant someone asylum:

    Of the 1,000 refugees that initially came here, only 50 were granted asylum.

  2. 2
    [countable] old-fashioned a mental hospital (=a hospital for people with mental illnesses)
  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the lunatics/inmates have taken over the asylum used for saying that the people running things are crazy and their decisions irrational

    Watching the news it's hard to escape the conclusion that the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 09/02/2017