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dun·geon

 (dŭn′jən)
n.
1. A dark, often underground chamber used to confine prisoners.
2. A donjon.

[Middle English donjon, castle keep, dungeon, from Old French, keep, probably from Medieval Latin domniō, domniōn-, the lord's tower, from Latin dominus, master; see dem- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

dungeon

(ˈdʌndʒən)
n
1. (Building) a close prison cell, often underground
2. (Fortifications) a variant of donjon
[C14: from Old French donjon; related to Latin dominus master]

dun•geon

(ˈdʌn dʒən)

n.
1. a strong, dark prison or cell, usu. underground, as in a medieval castle.
2. the keep or stronghold of a castle; donjon.
[1250–1300; Middle English dungeo(u)n < Middle French donjon < Vulgar Latin *domniōnem, acc. of *domniō keep, mastery]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dungeon - the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortressdungeon - the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
castle - a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack
stronghold, fastness - a strongly fortified defensive structure
2.dungeon - a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
jail cell, prison cell, cell - a room where a prisoner is kept
oubliette - a dungeon with the only entrance or exit being a trap door in the ceiling

dungeon

noun prison, cell, cage, vault, lockup, oubliette, calaboose (U.S. informal), donjon the ceiling of the tiny dungeon
Translations
سَجْنٌ تـَحْتَ الَأرْضسِجْن تَحْت الأرْض
žalář
fangekælderfangehul
vankiluola
tamnica
föld alatti börtönkazamata
dÿflissa
地下牢
지하 감옥
carcerrobur
kalėjimo rūsys
cietums
žalár
ječa
fängelsehåla
คุกใต้ดินในปราสาท
ngục tối

dungeon

[ˈdʌndʒən] Ncalabozo m, mazmorra f

dungeon

[ˈdʌndʒən] ncachot m

dungeon

nVerlies nt, → Kerker m

dungeon

[ˈdʌndʒn] nsegreta, prigione f sotterranea

dungeon

(ˈdandʒən) noun
a dark underground prison.

dungeon

سَجْنٌ تـَحْتَ الَأرْض žalář fangekælder Kerker μπουντρούμι mazmorra vankiluola donjon tamnica prigione sotterranea 地下牢 지하 감옥 kerker fangehull loch masmorra темница fängelsehåla คุกใต้ดินในปราสาท zindan ngục tối 地牢
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Not knowing in what way he had offended, but convinced that it was only by the grace of Andrews he had escaped a dungeon, Mr.
The next moment, without any visible cause for the change, her unwonted joy shrank back, appalled, as it were, and clothed itself in mourning; or it ran and hid itself, so to speak, in the dungeon of her heart, where it had long lain chained, while a cold, spectral sorrow took the place of the imprisoned joy, that was afraid to be enfranchised, --a sorrow as black as that was bright.
She bore in her arms a child, a baby of some three months old, who winked and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light of day; because its existence, heretofore, had brought it acquaintance only with the grey twilight of a dungeon, or other darksome apartment of the prison.
It was like some horrible crime committed in a dungeon, all unseen and unheeded, buried out of sight and of memory.
He made a long story of it; but the part that had immediate interest for me was this: He said I was Sir Kay's prisoner, and that in the due course of custom I would be flung into a dungeon and left there on scant commons until my friends ransomed me -- unless I chanced to rot, first.
His dungeon was a nice, cool, roomy place, and I cannot see why he should have been dissatisfied with it.
Why, look at one of them prisoners in the bottom dungeon of the Castle Deef, in the harbor of Marseilles, that dug himself out that way; how long was HE at it, you reckon?
Only one hour in the twenty-four did she pass with her fellow-servants below; all the rest of her time was spent in some low-ceiled, oaken chamber of the second storey: there she sat and sewed--and probably laughed drearily to herself,--as companionless as a prisoner in his dungeon.
I perceive that people in these regions acquire over people in towns the value that a spider in a dungeon does over a spider in a cottage, to their various occupants; and yet the deepened attraction is not entirely owing to the situation of the looker-on.
In making some alterations, the workmen came upon an old dungeon, which had been, for many years, built up and forgotten.
If he could think himself of so much use, one gleam of day might, by possibility, penetrate into the cheerless dungeon of his remaining existence - though his longevity is, at present (to say the least of it), extremely problematical.
The dungeon had only one little window, high up in the wall, with bars in it; and the door was strong and thick.