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Definitions of dungeon

  1. the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. To shut up in a dungeon. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The principal defended part of an ancient castle; a dark underground cell; a prison. Also, donjon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. (orig.) The principal tower of a castle: a close, dark prison: a cell under ground. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A close prison. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A dark underground cell; any prison. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A close dark place of confinement, usually underground. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To confine in a dungeon. See Donjon. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. Originally the large and strongest tower of a fortress, to which the garrison could retreat in case of necessity, the lower apartments of such being used as prisons; a close dark prison, commonly underground; any deep dark place. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. different from the ordinary prison in being more severe as a place of punishment. Like the Roman inner prison ( Acts 16:24 ), it consisted of a deep cell or cistern ( Jeremiah 38:6 ). To be shut up in, a punishment common in Egypt ( Genesis 39:20 ; 40:3 ; 41:10 ; 42:19 ). It is not mentioned, however, in the law of Moses as a mode of punishment. Under the later kings imprisonment was frequently used as a punishment ( 2 Chronicles 16:10 ; Jeremiah 20:2 ; 32:2 ; 33:1 ; 37:15 ), and it was customary after the Exile ( Matthew 11:2 ; Luke 3:20 ; Acts 5:18 Acts 5:21 ; Matthew 18:30 ). biblestudytools.com
  13. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. (Now usu. donjon) great tower of castle in innermost court or bailey; strong subterranean cell for prisoners; (vb) shut up, imprison in d. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. n. [Irish] A close or secure prison; especially, a dark, subterranean place of confinement. Cabinet Dictionary
  16. A close prison, generally spoke of a prison subterraneous. Complete Dictionary

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