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 for House of refuge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Refuge \Ref"uge\ (r?f"?j), n. [F. r['e]fuge, L. refugium, fr.
     refugere to flee back; pref. re- + figere. SEe Fugitive.]
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     1. Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
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              Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these
              Find place or refuge.                 --Milton.
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              We might have a strong consolation, who have fled
              for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.
                                                    --Heb. vi. 18.
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     2. That which shelters or protects from danger, or from
        distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its
        strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its
        sacredness; a place inaccessible to an enemy.
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              The high hills are a refuger the wild goats. --Ps.
                                                    civ. 18.
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              The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed.
                                                    --Ps. ix. 9.
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     3. An expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or
        contrivance.
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              Their latest refuge
              Was to send him.                      --Shak.
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              Light must be supplied, among gracefulrefuges, by
              terracing ??? story in danger of darkness. --Sir H.
                                                    Wotton.
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     Cities of refuge (Jewish Antiq.), certain cities appointed
        as places of safe refuge for persons who had committed
        homicide without design. Of these there were three on each
        side of Jordan. --Josh. xx.
  
     House of refuge, a charitable institution for giving
        shelter and protection to the homeless, destitute, or
        tempted.
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     Syn: Shelter; asylum; retreat; covert.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  HOUSE OF REFUGE, punishment. The name given to a prison for juvenile 
  delinquents. These houses are regulated in the United States on the most 
  humane principles, by special local laws. 
  
  

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