refugee

Definitions

  • Native Refugees from Katmai Eruption
    Native Refugees from Katmai Eruption
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n refugee an exile who flees for safety
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Refugee Especially, one who, in times of persecution or political commotion, flees to a foreign power or country for safety; as, the French refugees who left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes.
    • Refugee One who flees to a shelter, or place of safety.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n refugee One who flees to a refuge or shelter or place of safety.
    • n refugee One who in times of persecution or political commotion flees to a foreign country for safety.
    • n refugee One of a band of marauders during the American Revolution: so called because they placed themselves under the refuge or protection of the British crown: same as cow-boy, 3.
    • n refugee A unionist in the southern United States who, during the civil war, fled to the Northern States.
    • refugee To become a refugee; take refuge in another country; specifically, during the civil war in the United States, to take refuge in the Northern States: said of unionists in the Southern States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Refugee one who flees for refuge to another country, esp. from religious persecution or political commotion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. réfugié, fr. se réfugier, to take refuge. See Refuge (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. refugiumre-, back, frugĕre, to flee.

Usage

In literature:

Many refugees and several prisoners on board.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
They refugeed to a farmhouse upon the outskirts of a little up-country village.
"Plantation Sketches" by Margaret Devereux
There the refugees provided themselves with arms, and prepared for rebellion.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Then the Germans released him as a refugee, so the priest returned to Gerbeviller to die.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis
He was born in 1731 (Dec. 15), and his father was a refugee.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
In Canada the refugees were absolutely safe from the operations of the Fugitive Slave Law.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
Some historians declare that the Boer borrowed from the French refugees much religious sentiment.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
The strange life of the refugees in the Haunted Chapel seriously interfered with their hitherto regular and healthful habits.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Once more the eastbound trains and highways clogged with refugees.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
I'm going to be a refugee myself some day.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
A refugee family was in our house, and with us all crowded into a small conveyance we made our way to the rendezvous.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
The name of the refugee was Jonathan Odell, and he was rector of St. Mary's Church in Burlington.
"Stories of New Jersey" by Frank Richard Stockton
See Edisto Refugees and Georgia Refugees.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
In the early days of the war there were Belgian refugees at Alexandra Palace.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
Such camps as refuges were no new things, for the British refugees from Johannesburg have been living for over a year in precisely such places.
"The War in South Africa" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Several of the wealthier French refugees settled at Richmond, and there found Horace Walpole as charmer and friend.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
And every day brings new refugees from the country.
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
After we refugee from Bluffton, we spent de fust night at Jonesville.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
On our way into the city we met some humane whites going out to persuade the frightened refugees back.
"Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly" by David Bryant Fulton
Experience ought to have fully made him familiar with the general policy of political refugees.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
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In poetry:

Here is refugees, deserters, and speculators,
All mixed up in this dish;
They put us all in together
And call us the "milish."
"Just After The War" by Anonymous Americas
Refugee camps in hospital shacks
Newborn lay naked on mother's thin laps
Monkeysized week old Rheumatic babe eye
Gastoenteritis Blood Poison thousands must die
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
Like wandering refugees from
A city of renown,
Impelled to reconnoiter
This Massachusetts town,
Each by a common object urged,
Upon the park our paths converged.
"On The Common" by Hattie Howard
The tower bell in the Tenth Street Church
Rang out nostalgia for the refugee
Who knew the source of bells by sound.
We liked it, but in ignorance.
One meets authorities on bells infrequently.
"The Bell From Europe" by Weldon Kees

In news:

Syrian Conflict Takes a Toll on Refugees -- and the Military.
Many refugees are less consumed by thoughts of regime change than of more immediate concerns of finding housing, paying rent and feeding their families, said Michael Shaikh, country director at the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.
What it feels like to be a refugee.
Britain's historic record of taking in child refugees, from WWII to present-day Afghanistan.
Correction to This Article A Feb 4 article said that about roughly a third of Jordan's population of 5.9 million are Palestinian refugees.
Yucatan is a popular destination for refugees headed to the U.S.
More than 100,000 Syrians are housed in refugee camps in Turkey, and thousands more have fled there without officially registering with the Turkish government.
Turks also have opened their homes to the refugees.
COLORADO SPRINGS — On Tuesday, June 26, I said goodbye to my house and my neighbors and started my life as a Rockrimmon refugee.
Nidal, 23, a Palestinian refugee and a university student in Damascus, who gave only one name out of security concerns, said he and his friends were reluctant at first to support the Syrian uprising.
He would have been happy to stay there, even in a refugee camp on the other side of the world.
Uganda's government is defending the forced repatriation of 1,700 Rwandan refugees, action that the UN Refugee Agency has condemned.
Canada voluntarily accepts about 10 per cent of the world's refugees.
The are assisted by through Catholic Charities Fort Worth and other local refugee resettlement agencies.
All of the proceeds go directly to the refugee women.
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In science:

She embarks with a small group of refugees, and lands in Lybia, where she asks the king Iarbas to purchase some land to found a new city, Carthage.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Having lost their homes, they sailed to the Corsica island and invaded it after a awful sea battle with the Carthaginians and Etruscans, just to drive once again into the sea as refugees after ten years later (in 545 BC) their rivals regained the island.
Zeno meets modern science
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