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refugee

Definition of refugee

Etymology

    From French réfugié, past participle of réfugier ("to take refuge"), describing early French protestants seeking refuge.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈɹɛfjudʒiː/, /ɹɛfjuˈdʒiː/
  • Rhymes: -iː

Noun

refugee (plural refugees)

  1. A person seeking refuge in a foreign country out of fear of political persecution or the prospect of such persecution in his home country, i.e., a person seeking a political asylum.
  2. A person seeking refuge in a foreign country due to poverty and no prospect of overcoming said poverty in his home country, i.e., a person seeking an economic asylum.
  3. A person seeking refuge due to a natural disaster.
  4. A person formally granted a political or economic asylum by a country other than his home country.

Derived terms

  • reffo
  • refugeehood

See also

References:

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