panopticon

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From Ancient Greek πᾶν (pân, all) + ὀπτικός (optikós, visible). Coined by English philosopher Jeremy Bentham in 1791.

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panopticon (plural panopticons)

  1. A type of prison where all the cells are visible from the center, particularly if it is not possible for someone in a cell to know if they are being watched.
  2. A room for the exhibition of novelties.

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