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A dungeon with a trapdoor in the ceiling as its only means of entrance or exit.

[French, from oublier, to forget, from Old French oblider, from Vulgar Latin *oblītāre, from Latin oblītus, past participle of oblīvīscī; see lei- in Indo-European roots.]


(Architecture) a dungeon, the only entrance to which is through the top
[C19: from French, from oublier to forget]


(ˌu bliˈɛt)

a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling.
[1810–20; < French, Middle French, <oubli(er) to forget]


a secret place of imprisonment, usually with only one opening in the top, as found in some old castles.
See also: Captivity
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oubliette - a dungeon with the only entrance or exit being a trap door in the ceilingoubliette - a dungeon with the only entrance or exit being a trap door in the ceiling
dungeon - a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
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Oubliettes are employed as a means of kingly vengeance, and a low-born fellow such as he is would not have recourse to them.
To Pittrino he added, "His royal highness, Monsieur, who often comes into our city, will not be much pleased to see his illustrious mother so slightly clothed, and he will send you to the oubliettes of the state; for, remember, the heart of that glorious prince is not always tender.
And I should not wish you to be thrown into prison and myself into the oubliettes.
Miss Bartlett, in her room, fastened the window-shutters and locked the door, and then made a tour of the apartment to see where the cupboards led, and whether there were any oubliettes or secret entrances.
Daisy tripped about the vaulted chambers, rustled her skirts in the corkscrew staircases, flirted back with a pretty little cry and a shudder from the edge of the oubliettes, and turned a singularly well-shaped ear to everything that Winterbourne told her about the place.
With the native sound judgment of the father of a heroine of romance, the von Berlichingen of that day shut his daughter up in his donjon keep, or his oubliette, or his culverin, or some such place, and resolved that she should stay there until she selected a husband from among her rich and noble lovers.
I found my arms swathed down my feet tied so fast that mine ankles ache at the very remembrance the place was utterly dark the oubliette, as I suppose, of their accursed convent, and from the close, stifled, damp smell, I conceive it is also used for a place of sepulture.
Don't Read This Book Before Bed" Includes tales of historic ghosts, 'raining' frogs and fish, mysterious monarch butterfly migrations, vanishing lighthouse keepers, jelly from space, zombie flesh-eaters, remembering past lives, Bigfoot, oubliettes (forgotten dungeons in old castles), fish people, lake monsters (Nessie), spooky dolls, creepy catacombs, and more.
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Si ce dernier semble avoir mis cette periode noire aux oubliettes, il ne compte surtout pas changer de strategie pour son entreprise.
Mais bien sur, une fois qu'il a ete de retour au pouvoir en toute securite, la reforme a ete renvoyee a un comite puis releguee aux oubliettes.
Le 21 fevrier, il y aura foule au tribunal pour voir l'ex-roi defiler a la barre et s'expliquer sur un morceau de son passe qu'il aurait sans doute prefere laisser dans les oubliettes, lui qui commencait a gouter a une retraite doree depuis son abdication en 2013, pour laisser la place a son fils.