Word of the day

The word for today is…

refugee (noun) – One who flees, especially to another country, seeking refuge from war, political oppression, religious persecution, or a natural disaster.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1680s, from French refugié, noun use of past participle of refugier “to take shelter, protect,” from Old French refuge. First applied in English to French Huguenots who migrated after the revocation (1685) of the Edict of Nantes. The word meant “one seeking asylum” until 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.


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