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English noun: asylum

1. asylum (artifact) a shelter from danger or hardship

Synonymsrefuge, sanctuary

Broader (hypernym)shelter

Narrower (hyponym)harbor, harbour, safe house, safehold

2. asylum (artifact) a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

Synonymsinsane asylum, institution, mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, psychiatric hospital

Broader (hypernym)hospital, infirmary

Narrower (hyponym)Bedlam, booby hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny farm, funny house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house, nuthouse, sanatorium, snake pit

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