Ref`u*gee" (r?f`?*j?"), n. [F. r'efugi'e, fr. se r'efugier to take refuge. See Refuge, n.]
One who flees to a shelter, or place of safety.
Especially, one who, in times of persecution or political commotion, flees to a foreign power or country for safety; as, the French refugees who left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes.
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