or To·pheth

[toh-fit, -fet]

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tophet

Historical Examples of tophet

  • If it was me I'd buy my ticket to Tophet direct and save time and money.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • They cal'late goin' to a play-actin' time is same as goin' to Tophet.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • She's stuck to me when everybody would have praised her for chuckin' me to Tophet.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • It is a Tophet reserved for those who are not good enough for hell.

  • How in Tophet was I to know their old Induna from a waytrain?

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 for Tophet

from Hebrew Tōpheth
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