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high place

(in ancient Semitic religions) a place of worship, usually a temple or altar on a hilltop. Unabridged
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  • Look at all the people in high places who began as nothing more nor less than adventurers.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • I understand now the Western hyperbole of “hitting the high places.”

  • How long must these sneaking Catilines in high places abuse our patience?

    Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals William H. Armstrong
  • Those who sit in the high places must be hard, yet have I discovered that it is hard to be hard.

  • Several mayors, too, it is reported, have threatened to resign unless more energetic counsels prevail in high places.

British Dictionary definitions for high places

high places

plural noun
positions and offices of influence and importance: a scandal in high places

high place

(Old Testament) a place of idolatrous worship, esp a hilltop
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Contemporary definitions for high places

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high places in the Bible

an eminence, natural or artificial, where worship by sacrifice or offerings was made (1 Kings 13:32; 2 Kings 17:29). The first altar after the Flood was built on a mountain (Gen. 8:20). Abraham also built an altar on a mountain (12:7, 8). It was on a mountain in Gilead that Laban and Jacob offered sacrifices (31:54). After the Israelites entered the Promised Land they were strictly enjoined to overthrow the high places of the Canaanites (Ex. 34:13; Deut. 7:5; 12:2, 3), and they were forbidden to worship the Lord on high places (Deut. 12:11-14), and were enjoined to use but one altar for sacrifices (Lev. 17:3, 4; Deut. 12; 16:21). The injunction against high places was, however, very imperfectly obeyed, and we find again and again mention made of them (2 Kings 14:4; 15:4, 35:2 Chr. 15:17, etc.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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