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Historical OriginPlay
Originally, dungeons were the strongholds of castles where prisoners were kept. SlideThe tour guide explained that the castle's dungeon was centuries old.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
Dungeons evoke feelings of fear and captivity, often used in horror contexts. SlideHaunted house attractions sometimes include a room styled like a dungeon.
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Not Always LiteralPlay
People can use 'dungeon' metaphorically to describe any uncomfortable, confining space. SlideHis tiny office felt like a dungeon.