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Meaning of DUNGEON

Pronunciation:  'dunjun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be confined
  2. [n]  the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or fortress

DUNGEON is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: donjon, keep
 See Also: castle, cell, fastness, jail cell, oubliette, prison cell, stronghold



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dun"geon\, n. [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}.]
    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.
          Down with him even into the deep dungeon. -- Tyndale.
          Year after year he lay patiently in a dungeon. --
  2. \Dun"geon\, v. t.
    To shut up in a dungeon. --Bp. Hall.
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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are in a dungeon means that through some struggle and your wisdom, you will be able to overcome and surmount the obstacles in your life.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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 (Jer. 38:6). To be shut up in, a punishment common in Egypt (Gen. 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 Chron. 16:10; Jer. 20:2; 32:2; 33:1; 37:15), and it was customary after the Exile (Matt. 11:2; Luke 3:20; Acts 5:18, 21; Matt. 18:30).

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