Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
A term first applied to the French Protestants, who, by the revocation of the edict of Nantes, were constrained to fly from persecution, and take refuge in foreign countries. Since that time, however, it has been extended to all such as leave their country in times of distress.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Refugees'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/r/refugees.html. 1802.