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dudgeon (DUJ uhn) (noun)
A sullen, angry, or indignant humor: "Willa walked out of the meeting with high dudgeon."
dungeon (DUN juhn) (noun)
A dark, often underground chamber or cell used to confine prisoners: "The king threw the rebels into the dungeon located below the castle."

After the prince was accidentally locked in the dungeon, he was in a state of high dudgeon and so he complained to the king about how poorly he had been treated.

1. A dark, often underground chamber or cell used to confine prisoners; especially, beneath a castle.
2. The secure main tower of a castle; an archaic term.
3. It was different from the ordinary prison in being more severe as a place of punishment.

This word comes ultimately from Latin dominus "lord, master"

This was derived from dominium "property" (source of English dominion), that in post-classical times became domino or domnio, meaning "lord's tower".

In Old French this became donjon, the term for a "castle keep", and eventually, by extension, a "secure (underground) cell". The form dungeon developed the specialized sense of strong closed cell, underground place of confinement; based on the French donjon (large tower of a castle).

Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto
(New York: Arcade Publishing,1990).

The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology by Robert K. Barnhart, Ed.
(Bronx, New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988).

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