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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REFUGEES

Among all the refugees, there is not one more loyal to the backbone than we.

The refugees were done; the pirates had unsheathed their knives for the butcher's work.

Food, through Jewel's care, had been served out to the refugees.

The house has been full of refugees—Fairfaxes and Fauntleroys.

This is a small pamphlet written by the son of one of the refugees.

There the refugees provided themselves with arms, and prepared for rebellion.

General Montero and the Spanish refugees then emerged from the cotta.

The greatest difficulty was how to feed the swelling mob of refugees.

Refugees who had hidden in the woods came to the camps in rags and emaciation.

There, he was told, the Moravian refugees had built the first house on his estate.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, from French refugié, noun use of past participle of refugier "to take shelter, protect," from Old French refuge (see refuge). First applied to French Huguenots who migrated after the revocation (1685) of the Edict of Nantes. The word meant "one seeking asylum," till 1914, when it evolved to mean "one fleeing home" (first applied in this sense to civilians in Flanders heading west to escape fighting in World War I). In Australian slang from World War II, reffo.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.