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

Examples of Tophet in a Sentence

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

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Tophet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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