El Refugio

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Refuge - Verb, Archaic

Today I am reminded of the thoughts behind this blog, especially of the need for refuge.

Today, however, my own need for sanctuary is superseded by that of my Brother. It is a weird twist perhaps that I should be in the position to afford some refuge to another, since the thought here has always been necessarily ego=centric.

/ˈrɛfyudʒ/  [ref-yooj] noun, verb, -uged, -ug·ing.
1. shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge in a crisis.
2. a place of shelter, protection, or safety.
3. anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.
–verb (used with object)
4. Archaic. to afford refuge to.

Origin: 1350–1400; ME < MF < L refugium, equiv. to refug (-ere) to turn and flee, run away (re- + fugere to flee; see fugitive) + -ium
—Synonyms 1. security, safety. 2. asylum, retreat, sanctuary, haven, stronghold.
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