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or Topheth

[toh-fit, -fet] /ˈtoʊ fɪt, -fɛt/
noun, Bible.
a place in the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where, contrary to the law, children were offered as sacrifices, especially to Moloch. It was later used as a dumping ground for refuse.
the place of punishment for the wicked after death; hell.
some place, condition, etc., likened to hell.
Origin of Tophet
1350-1400; Middle EnglishHebrew tōpheth a place-name Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Kidnapers and assassins for hire; the Black Hundred; fiends from Tophet!

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • If it was me I'd buy my ticket to Tophet direct and save time and money.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was night, blacker than Tophet, and raining, and you came ashore wet as a rag.

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
  • She's stuck to me when everybody would have praised her for chuckin' me to Tophet.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Tophet had been prepared for him, and into that awful abyss he sinks to rise no more.

    The Mark of the Beast Sidney Watson
  • It is Tophet; it is hell, the eternal anguish of the damned.

    No Cross, No Crown William Penn
  • I walked over; there was a little crystal about the size of an egg, fluorescing to beat Tophet.

    A Martian Odyssey Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • It is all very well to laugh, but I felt in the Pit of Tophet.

    Letters from the Holy Land Elizabeth Butler
  • It is a Tophet reserved for those who are not good enough for hell.

  • Take your treason along with you to Tophet, ye doubly-damned miscreant!

    The Rangers D. P. Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for Tophet


(Old Testament) a place in the valley immediately to the southwest of Jerusalem; the Shrine of Moloch, where human sacrifices were offered
Word Origin
from Hebrew Tōpheth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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