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Tophet

or Topheth

[toh-fit, -fet] /ˈtoʊ fɪt, -fɛt/
noun, Bible.
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.
3.
some place, condition, etc., likened to hell.
Origin of Tophet
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle EnglishHebrew tōpheth a place-name
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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

Tophet

/ˈtəʊfɛt/
noun
1.
(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
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Tophet in the Bible

=Topheth, from Heb. toph "a drum," because the cries of children here sacrificed by the priests of Moloch were drowned by the noise of such an instrument; or from taph or toph, meaning "to burn," and hence a place of burning, the name of a particular part in the valley of Hinnom. "Fire being the most destructive of all elements, is chosen by the sacred writers to symbolize the agency by which God punishes or destroys the wicked. We are not to assume from prophetical figures that material fire is the precise agent to be used. It was not the agency employed in the destruction of Sennacherib, mentioned in Isa. 30:33...Tophet properly begins where the Vale of Hinnom bends round to the east, having the cliffs of Zion on the north, and the Hill of Evil Counsel on the south. It terminates at Beer 'Ayub, where it joins the Valley of Jehoshaphat. The cliffs on the southern side especially abound in ancient tombs. Here the dead carcasses of beasts and every offal and abomination were cast, and left to be either devoured by that worm that never died or consumed by that fire that was never quenched." Thus Tophet came to represent the place of punishment. (See HINNOM.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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