oubliette

[oo-blee-et]
noun
a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling, as in certain old castles.

Origin:
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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oubliette (ˌuːblɪˈɛt)
 
n
a dungeon, the only entrance to which is through the top
 
[C19: from French, from oublier to forget]

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oubliette
"secret dungeon reached only via trapdoor," 1819, from Fr. oubliette (14c.), from M.Fr. oublier "to forget," from O.Fr. oblider, from V.L. *oblitare, from L. oblitus, pp. of oblivisci "to forget" (see oblivion).
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Example sentences
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.
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