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 (Cf. oblivion)).

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  • oubliette — [o͞o΄blē et′] n. [Fr < oublier, to forget < VL * oblitare < pp. of L oblivisci, to forget: see OBLIVION] a concealed dungeon having a trap door in the ceiling as its only opening …   English World dictionary

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  • oubliette — noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, from oublier to forget, from Old French oblier, from Vulgar Latin *oblitare, frequentative of Latin oblivisci to forget more at oblivion Date: 1819 a dungeon with an opening only at the top …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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