What is the difference between Asylum and Prison?

The difference between asylum and prison

is that "asylum" is a place of safety and "prison" is a place or institution of confinement, especially of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes or otherwise considered undesirable by the government.

asylum

prison

Noun

  • A place of safety.
  • The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.
  • (dated) A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.

Synonyms

  • sanctuary
  • shelter

Exemple

  • Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you’re well enough off so’s you don’t have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.

Noun

  • A place or institution of confinement, especially of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes or otherwise considered undesirable by the government.
  • (uncountable) Confinement in prison.
  • (colloquial, figurative) Any restrictive environment, such as a harsh academy or home.

Synonyms

  • (place or institution of confinement): bridewell, big house; prison.
  • (state of confinement): imprisonment

Hypernyms

  • (place or institution of confinement): correctional facility, correctional institution

Hyponyms

  • (place or institution of confinement): panopticon, dungeon

Coordinate terms

  • (place or institution of confinement): gaol, jail, slammer, hoosegow

Examples

  • The cold stone walls of the prison had stood for over a century.
  • Prison was a harrowing experience for him.
  • The academy was a prison for many of its students because of its strict teachers.

Verb

  • (transitive) To imprison.