A panopticon is a type of prison that has a high wall so that the inmates can't see their guards. The inmates are always watched, so they never have a moment's peace.

  • The panopticon is a prison where the inmates are always watched.

  • The panopticon is a type of prison where the inmates are always watched by the guards.

Definition of panopticon


a circular prison with cells distributed around a central surveillance station; proposed by Jeremy Bentham in 1791


an area where everything is visible

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Example Sentences for panopticon

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    This is in contrast to the panopticon prisons.

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    I'm reliably informed that it wasn't a Panopticon.

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    Panopticon links here but doesn't explain.

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    The system was also known as the Panopticon system.

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    The panopticon gaze is an ideological phrase, a metaphor.

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    During this time he supervised the construction of a Panopticon.

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    The Doctor takes the Gun and confronts Stor in the Panopticon.

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    The Panopticon Gaze in Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

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    Panopticon has three platform independent product lines.

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    Panopticon has two platform independent product lines.