n. originally, these structures were designed as a refuge for criminals (from Greek asylon, sanctuary). From the 19th century onwards, the terms asylum or insane asylum were applied to mental institutions, which housed people with intellectual disabilities and serious mental illness. These names are now obsolete, and have discarded because of their emphasis on negative consequences.

ASYLUM: "A person who resided in an asylum historically was either a criminal or suffered serious mental illness."
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