refugee/exile/fuggitive

  • Siberia

    Senior Member
    UK-Wales - English
    Hundreds of thousands of refugees/exiles/fugitives fled the war-shattered/war-ravaged country for freedom.

    Are the words in bold all interchangeable ? Thanks.
    a) person who escapes for refuge or safety
    b) person BANISHED from native land by others
    c) person fleeing from prosecution, intolerable circumstances
    a/c are simialr but not b.
    I'd say war-ravaged as you shatter dreams maybe, but not a country.
     

    GuitarMaestro

    Senior Member
    USA English
    quiet:

    They are not. Refugees is the word you want, since it implies a voluntary escape from a bad situation. Exiles are people sent away intentionally by a group or government, and fugitives are criminals who have yet to be captured.
     
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