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oubliette

[oo-blee-et] /ˌu bliˈɛt/
noun
1.
a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling, as in certain old castles.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French, Middle French, equivalent to oubli(er) to forget, Old French oblider < Vulgar Latin *oblītāre, derivative of Latin oblītus (past participle of oblīvīscī to forget; see oblivion) + Middle French -ette -ette
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Examples for oubliette
  • They vanished into the oubliette of a binge and woke up alone in a suddenly unfriendly community.
  • Into the castles oubliette, where one poor loaf a day.
British Dictionary definitions for oubliette

oubliette

/ˌuːblɪˈɛt/
noun
1.
a dungeon, the only entrance to which is through the top
Word Origin
C19: from French, from oublier to forget
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Word Origin and History for oubliette
n.

"secret dungeon reached only via trapdoor," 1819, from French oubliette (14c.), from Middle French oublier "to forget, show negligence," Old French oblier, oblider, from Vulgar Latin *oblitare, from Latin oblitus, past participle of oblivisci "to forget" (see oblivion).

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