Tophet

noun
To·​phet | \ ˈtō-fət How to pronounce Tophet (audio) \

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a vision in which the souls of the damned plunged into Tophet like rocks falling down a mountainside

First Known Use of Tophet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Tophet

Middle English, shrine south of ancient Jerusalem where human sacrifices were performed to Moloch in Jeremiah 7:31, Gehenna, from Late Latin Topheth, from Hebrew tōpheth

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The first known use of Tophet was in the 14th century

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“Tophet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tophet. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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