Dungeon

A dungeon is a room or cell in which prisoners are held, especially underground. Dungeons are generally associated with medieval castles, though their association with torture probably belongs more to the Renaissance period. An oubliette is a form of dungeon which is accessible only from a hatch in a high ceiling.

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Famous quotes containing the word dungeon:

    An exile, saddest of all prisoners,
    Who has the whole world for a dungeon strong,
    Seas, mountains, and the horizon’s verge for bars.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)

    The brook was thrown
    Deep in a sewer dungeon under stone
    In fetid darkness still to live and run....
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
    As one great Furnace flam’d, yet from those flames
    No light, but rather darkness visible
    Serv’d only to discover sights of woe,
    Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
    And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
    That comes to all; but torture without end
    John Milton (1608–1674)