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Definition of refuge:

  1. An expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or contrivance.
  2. Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
  3. That which shelters or protects from danger, or from distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; a place inaccessible to an enemy.
  4. To shelter; to protect.


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