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See also: tophet
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtəʊfɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtoʊfɪt/
- Hyphenation: To‧phet
- (biblical) A location near Jerusalem in the valley of Gehenna where children were burned alive as sacrifice.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Jeremiah 7:31:
- And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.
- Hell, Gehenna.
- 1638, Thomas Herbert, Some Yeares Travels, section II:
- In this Tophet, they commonly immolated their little children, and sometimes men of more yeers than discretion [...].
- 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner:
- But already is the day of their avengement begun; the hero is at length arisen who shall send all such as bear enmity to the true Church, or trust in works of their own, to Tophet!