panopticon

noun pan·op·ti·con \paˈnäptəˌkän\

Definition of panopticon

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  an optical instrument combining the telescope and microscope

  2. 2 :  a prison so built radially that a guard at a central position can see all the prisoners

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Origin and Etymology of panopticon

pan- + Greek optikon, neuter of optikos optic — more at optic


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