One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A strong underground prison cell, especially in a castle.
underground cell, underground prison, oublietteView synonyms
- ‘The savior continued to recite his chant in front of every cell in the dungeon until everyone was free.’
- ‘Yes, our marriage took place in a castle whose dungeons were once crowded to suffocation with unfortunate natives, awaiting the auction block and the white traders from Europe and America.’
- ‘Each corridor was lined with slave cells and dungeons.’
- ‘The interesting bits of the castle - the dungeons and the old parts underneath - could be used for tours but they're not.’
- ‘For the past seventeen years he has been kept prisoner in the castle dungeons.’
- ‘One level above the watery dock were the prisons, or dungeons, where in times of old, only true criminals were held.’
- ‘The underground dungeon wasn't guarded at all.’
- ‘And down here he entertained himself - torturing his prisoners in the dungeons.’
- ‘‘We will be wed this very night, unless you wish to find yourself in the castle dungeon before dawn,’ I told him.’
- ‘He let out a scream - the same scream she'd heard twelve years ago coming from far below in the castle's dungeons.’
- ‘The princess will be taken to her old cell in the dungeon.’
- ‘After they had explored the library he had taken her down into the kitchens for lunch before taking her deeper into the castle to see the dungeons which were exactly what Olivia would have imagined.’
- ‘Joseph, a prisoner in Pharaoh's dungeons, of whom it is testified that he had skill in interpreting dreams, is brought forth to offer his interpretation.’
- ‘The origin of Coup d' Etat is obscure, but it is believed that the game was first played by political prisoners in the dungeons of France over two centuries ago.’
- ‘I do need someone to bring food for the savage prisoners in the dungeons, you know.’
- ‘She miraculously encountered the prison dungeon and entered to get some answers.’
- ‘What goes on inside the CIA facilities, closer to medieval dungeons than modern prisons, can only be guessed at.’
- ‘The slaves pulled a lever and a trap door opened in the floor to reveal an underground dungeon filled with hundreds of human prisoners.’
- ‘One of their catches gets kept in the dungeon of their castle, to be sucked and dined on nightly.’
- ‘Does such an act signify an attempt to erase the brutal history of the castles and the dungeons beneath them?’
- 1.1 (in fantasy role-playing games) a labyrinthine subterranean setting.
- ‘These vault quests are pre-set dungeons that are tailored to your level.’
- ‘You may also distribute your loot this way in order to make sure you can take everything not bolted down from every dungeon in the game.’
- ‘Searching through one random dungeon after the next, hoping to find treasure of one sort or another, all the while hacking and blasting away on all sorts of enemies is great.’
- ‘A thrilling and highly intuitive, but slightly simplistic boss fight awaits him at the end of each dungeon.’
- ‘It is possible to fight as many as a thousand creatures in one dungeon.’
- ‘The underground dungeon, for example, is the equivalent to a new ‘spawning’ area in an online game.’
- ‘The dungeon disappeared, many characters acquired new powers, and new restrictions on placement appeared, allowing cards to be combined.’
- ‘Through the use of quests, of which there are many (continually updated by the developers), you can navigate to dungeons or planned events full of monsters.’
- ‘The problem with this wilderness map is that you tend to get lost and that you have no idea which dungeon is adequate for your power and experience.’
- ‘Work your way up an immense tower's dungeons, blasting baddies and acquiring weapons.’
- ‘Whether one is driving on a race track or righting fantasy creeps in pseudo-medieval dungeons, one always has to be on guard.’
- ‘As well as the enormous amount of game play with nine dungeons, there were also upgrades.’
- ‘Instead of building a fantasy-themed dungeon, you carve your lair out of volcanoes on tropical islands and manage henchmen and minions.’
- ‘The game takes place in one city with one lone dungeon.’
- 1.2archaic term for donjon
Imprison (someone) in a dungeon.
Middle English (also with the sense ‘castle keep’): from Old French (perhaps originally with the sense ‘lord's tower’ or ‘mistress tower’), based on Latin dominus ‘lord, master’. Compare with donjon.
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