or To·pheth

[ toh-fit, -fet ]

  1. 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.

  2. the place of punishment for the wicked after death; hell.

  1. some place, condition, etc., likened to hell.

Origin of Tophet

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, ultimately derived from Hebrew tōpheth a placename

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/ (ˈtəʊfɛt) /

  1. Old Testament a place in the valley immediately to the southwest of Jerusalem; the Shrine of Moloch, where human sacrifices were offered

Origin of Tophet

from Hebrew Tōpheth

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