Enclave vs Refuge - What's the difference?

enclave | refuge |

As verbs the difference between enclave and refuge

is that enclave is while refuge is to return to a place of shelter.

As a noun refuge is

a state of safety, protection or shelter.



(en noun)
  • A political, cultural or social entity or part thereof that is completely surrounded by another.
  • The republic of San Marino is an enclave of Italy.
    The streets around Union Square form a Protestant enclave within an otherwise Catholic neighbourhood.
  • A group that is set off from a larger population by its characteristic or behavior.
  • ...it tends to make marriage itself a lifestyle enclave.
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  • Usage notes

    Enclaves are generally also exclaves, though exceptions exist (as detailed at ), and in common speech only the term enclave is used. An enclave is an area surrounded'' by another area, while an exclave is an area ''cut off from the main area. An area can be cut off without being surrounded (such as , enclaved in South Africa, but not exclaved). File:Enclave.svg, C is A's enclave and B's exclave. File:Exclave.svg, C is an exclave of B, but not an enclave of A. A pene-enclave (resp., pene-exclave) is an area that is an enclave "for practical purposes", but does not meet the strict definition. This is a very technical term.

    See also

    * exclave * pene-enclave * pene-exclave


    * (group set off from a larger population by a characteristic) Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life - Page 74 by Robert Neelly Bellah, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, Steven M. Tipton, Richard Madsen - 1996


  • To enclose within a foreign territory.
  • Anagrams

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    (en noun)
  • A state of safety, protection or shelter.
  • * Milton
  • Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these / Find place or refuge .
  • A place providing safety, protection or shelter.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.}}
  • Something or someone turned to for safety or assistance; a recourse or resort.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 21, author=Helen Pidd, work=the Guardian
  • , title= Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis , passage=Since its conception, the European Union has been a haven for those seeking refuge from war, persecution and poverty in other parts of the world.}}
  • An expedient to secure protection or defence.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Their latest refuge / Was to send him.


    * haven * sanctuary * zoar

    Derived terms

    * refugee * refugium


  • To return to a place of shelter.
  • * 2011 , Michael D. Gumert, ?Agustín Fuentes, ?Lisa Jones-Engel, Monkeys on the Edge
  • Among these macaques, although activity cycles are quite variable from location to location, refuging is a common characteristic.
  • (obsolete) To shelter; to protect.
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