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ˈdʌn dʒəndun·geon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. keep, donjon, dungeonnoun

    the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

  2. dungeonnoun

    a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined

Wiktionary

  1. dungeonnoun

    An underground prison or vault, typically built underneath a castle.

    Etymology: From dungeon, dungeoun, dungun, from donjon, of origin, from Old , from dungijō, from dungaz, from dʰengʰ-. Cognate with dung, dung, tung , dyngja . More at dung.

  2. dungeonnoun

    The main tower of a motte or castle; a keep or donjon.

    Etymology: From dungeon, dungeoun, dungun, from donjon, of origin, from Old , from dungijō, from dungaz, from dʰengʰ-. Cognate with dung, dung, tung , dyngja . More at dung.

  3. dungeonnoun

    An underground area inhabited by enemies, containing story objectives, treasure and bosses.

    Etymology: From dungeon, dungeoun, dungun, from donjon, of origin, from Old , from dungijō, from dungaz, from dʰengʰ-. Cognate with dung, dung, tung , dyngja . More at dung.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dungeonnoun

    a close, dark prison, common/, under ground, as if the lower apartments of the donjon or keep of a castle, these being used as prisons

    Etymology: [OE. donjoun highest tower of a castle, tower, prison, F. donjon tower or platform in the midst of a castle, turret, or closet on the top of a house, a keep of a castle, LL. domnio, the same word as LL. dominus lord. See Dame, Don, and cf. Dominion, Domain, Demesne, Danger, Donjon.]

  2. Dungeonverb

    to shut up in a dungeon

    Etymology: [OE. donjoun highest tower of a castle, tower, prison, F. donjon tower or platform in the midst of a castle, turret, or closet on the top of a house, a keep of a castle, LL. domnio, the same word as LL. dominus lord. See Dame, Don, and cf. Dominion, Domain, Demesne, Danger, Donjon.]

Freebase

  1. Dungeon

    A dungeon is a room or cell in which prisoners are held, especially underground. Dungeons are generally associated with medieval castles, though their association with torture probably belongs more to the Renaissance period. An oubliette is a form of dungeon which is accessible only from a hatch in a high ceiling.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dungeon

    dun′jun, n. (orig.) the principal tower of a castle: a close, dark prison: a cell under ground.—v.t. to confine in a dungeon.—n. Dun′geoner, a gaoler. [O. Fr. donjon—Low L. domnion-em—L. dominus, a lord.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dungeon

    The principal tower or keep of a castle or fortress. It was so called either from being placed on a dun or elevation, natural or artificial, or because, from its position, it dominated or commanded the other parts of the fortress. From the circumstance that the lower or under-ground story of the donjon was used as a prison, has come the modern meaning of the word dungeon.

  2. dungeon

    (originally Donjon, which see). A prison; a dark and subterraneous cell or place of confinement.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dungeon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dungeon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dungeon in a Sentence

  1. Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart What jailer so inexorable as one's self

  2. Julia Fox:

    There's a few in Manhattan and other parts of New York as well and it's legal. You go downstairs, it's a basement, there'd be all these different rooms. There was a medical room for [a] nurse/doctor fantasy, there was a torture room, another type of chamber, a cross-dressing room, a schoolroom, for any type of fantasy. It's really like role playing, it's like acting. When people say how did you get your start in acting it's really like the dungeon because I would have to improv multiple times a day on very short notice.

  3. Lucretius:

    Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.

  4. Robert Green Ingersoll:

    Intellectual liberty is the air of the soul, the sunshine of the mind, and without it, the world is a prison, the universe a dungeon.

  5. John Milton:

    O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! Blind among enemies, O worse than chains, dungeon or beggary, or decrepit age! Light, the prime work of God, to me is extinct, and all her various objects of delight annulled, which might in part my grief have eased. Inferior to the vilest now become of man or worm; the vilest here excel me, they creep, yet see; I, dark in light, exposed to daily fraud, contempt, abuse and wrong, within doors, or without, still as a fool, in power of others, never in my own; scarce half I seem to live, dead more than half.

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