- For the past seventeen years he has been kept prisoner in the castle dungeons.
- What goes on inside the CIA facilities, closer to medieval dungeons than modern prisons, can only be guessed at.
- She miraculously encountered the prison dungeon and entered to get some answers.
verb[with object] literary
The word dungeon had two main senses when it was first used in the 14th century: ‘the great tower or keep of a castle’ and ‘an underground prison cell’. The first is now usually spelled donjon and regarded as a separate word. The core meaning was ‘lord's tower’, and the word goes back to Latin dominus ‘lord, master’, through which it is related to dame and danger.
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