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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dungeon a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
    • n dungeon the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n dungeon dŭn"jŭn A close, dark prison, commonly, under ground, as if the lower apartments of the donjon or keep of a castle, these being used as prisons. "Down with him even into the deep dungeon .""Year after year he lay patiently in a dungeon ."
    • v. t Dungeon To shut up in a dungeon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dungeon The principal tower of a medieval castle. It was usually raised on a natural or artificial mound and situated in the innermost court or bailey, and formed a last refuge into which the garrison could retreat in case of necessity. Its lower or underground part was often used as a prison. Also called keep, dungeon-keep, or tower. See cut under castle.
    • n dungeon Hence A close cell; a deep, dark place of confinement.
    • dungeon To confine in or as in a dungeon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dungeon dun′jun (orig.) the principal tower of a castle: a close, dark prison: a cell under ground
    • v.t Dungeon to confine in a dungeon
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  • Lucretius
    “Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “I had rather be a toad, and live upon the vapor of a dungeon than keep a corner in the thing I love for others uses.”
  • Walter Winchell
    Walter Winchell
    “A pessimist is one who builds dungeons in the air.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of the self.”
  • John Milton
    “But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself is his own dungeon.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Robert was taken into the dungeon, and the great door slammed to behind him.
"The King's Daughters" by Emily Sarah Holt
In the meantime she was to be confined in one of the State dungeons.
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
The child died in his dungeon, aged probably about ten years.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
The realm itself, in all its wide extension, Yawns dungeons at each step for thee and me.
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
Sir Roland and Ivo were taken, and be lodged in the dungeon.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
Down in the foundations of the fort are dungeons into which no ray of sunlight can enter.
"Southern Stories" by Various
To go out of life into a dungeon like that, and at noon of a day in June.
"The Arena" by Various
The bars of the dungeon windows came upon a level with the ground, like those of a cellar.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, V. 5, April 1878" by Various
Night fell, unmarked in the darkness and silence of the dungeon, but yet gloomy and oppressive.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
"Germany, Bohemia, and Hungary, Visited in 1837. Vol. II" by G. R. Gleig
On the side next the Cathedral were the ecclesiastical prisons, whose deepest dungeon was beneath the Tour St. Romain.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
Or dungeons with rusting chains?
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Fides has been brought into a dungeon, where John visits her to ask her pardon and to save her.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
This dungeon, or cell, was about ten feet high, the same in width, and about fifteen feet in length.
"Bamboo Tales" by Ira L. Reeves
Then his native land; what would become of England while Harold lay in his dungeon?
"Stories from English History" by Hilda T. Skae
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
A person can get so tired that he will be anxious to enter even a Spanish dungeon in order to get a chance to rest.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
The dungeon of Menstal is no pleasant place.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
An hour afterward, Fernand Wagner was the inmate of a dungeon beneath the palace inhabited by the Duke of Florence.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
They descended the stone staircase and passed the first dungeon in the tower.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

In poetry:

A hapless woman lay
Within that dungeon grim -
That fact, I've heard him say,
Was quite enough for him.
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Farewell, ye dungeons dark and strong,
The wretch's destinie!
M'Pherson's time will not be long
On yonder gallows-tree.
"M'Pherson's Rant" by Robert Burns
PLANTAGENET hath dungeons deep
Beneath his castled halls;—
Plantagenet awakes from sleep
To count his dungeoned thralls.
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The Thyrde" by Thomas Cooper
'For, in the brightest noontide glow,
The dungeon's light is dim;
Though freshest winds around us blow,
No breath can visit him.
"Mirth and mourning" by Anne Bronte
Enrag'd, the haughty RAYMOND cried,
"Base wretch receive thy doom,
For thy bold errand thou shalt die
Within a dungeon's gloom."
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
The mockery of trial came,
And follow'd swift the words of doom;
But ignominy, woe, and shame
Were far from her — her dungeon-tomb
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes

In news:

One of the dungeons must be played through multiple times, with minimal changes to ease the repetition.
The majority of visitors are spending time in Sherwood Dungeon, a free, browser-based MMO that Enrody uses to test new ideas and techniques.
It will develop a strategic repositioning of Merlin 's pan-European Dungeons portfolio of attractions, where local history is brought to life with actors and special effects.
The appointment follows the announcement that The London Dungeon is to move to a new site at County Hall.
For the third consecutive year, a grassroots effort called The Red High Heel Party will host their annual themed fundraiser, at 7 pm Aug 18, at The Dungeon Bastille in Long Beach.
Pickering farmhouse 'dungeon' suspect held after court appearance.
Surfacescapes is a proof-of-concept project using the Microsoft Surface Table to play interactive role-playing games, in this case geek favorite Dungeons and Dragons.
Back in the late '90s, fire-breathing battle rapper Rah Digga was the only sidekick in Busta Rhymes' Flipmode Squad who could outroar the dungeon dragon himself.
Abu Salim prison, Muammar Qaddafi's most notorious dungeon for political opponents, was the brutal center of his efforts to retain power in Libya.
Dungeon Thud at The Weston.
Torchlight 2 delivers a fast-paced, loot-filled dungeon crawling experience at an excellent price.
Torchlight 2 is an excellent dungeon crawler for anyone looking for replay value, tons of loot, and a low price-tag.
Dungeons and Dragons Adventure .
"Dungeon Defenders" from Trendy Entertainment is an action-rpg-tower defense game available on Xbox arcade for 1200 Microsoft points.
Down a steep stone stairway and into the darkness lies a cold chamber that looks more like a dungeon than a home.