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temple1 (ˈtɛmpəl)
1.  a building or place dedicated to the worship of a deity or deities
2.  a Mormon church
3.  (US) another name for a synagogue
4.  any Christian church, esp a large or imposing one
5.  any place or object regarded as a shrine where God makes himself present, esp the body of a person who has been sanctified or saved by grace
6.  a building regarded as the focus of an activity, interest, or practice: a temple of the arts
[Old English tempel, from Latin templum; probably related to Latin tempustime, Greek temenos sacred enclosure, literally: a place cut off, from temnein to cut]

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