dun·geon n. A close, dark prison, commonly, 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. -- Macaulay.
Dun·geon, v. t. To shut up in a dungeon.
n 1: the main tower within the walls of a medieval castle or
fortress [syn: keep, donjon]
2: a dark cell (usually underground) where prisoners can be
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).