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definition of the word panopticon

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Panopticon

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From Ancient Greek "-opticon" for "observe" and "pan-" for "all".

Singular
panopticon

Plural
panopticons

panopticon (plural panopticons)

  1. A type of prison designed by philosopher Jeremy Bentham wherein all the cells are visible from the center of the building. It engenders the feeling that someone is watching you, even though you know they're not.

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