- 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 English ≪ Hebrew tōpheth a place-name
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Historical Examples of topheth
For Topheth is prepared from yesterday, prepared by the king, deep, and wide.
- 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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