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Bastille (n.)

14th century Paris fortress, used as a prison and destroyed by revolutionaries on July 14, 1789, as a symbol of royal despotism; French, literally "fortress, gate tower" (see bastion). Many French cities kept their medieval gate-towers as prisons after other fortifications were removed. The word was in Middle English in the "fortress" sense as bastel, bastyle.

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Definitions of Bastille from WordNet
1
bastille (n.)
a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner);
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Bastille (n.)
a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution;
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