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 (tō′fĕt′, -fĭt)
1. In the Bible, a place outside Jerusalem where the Canaanites offered children as sacrifices to Moloch.
2. The place where wicked souls are punished after death; Hell.

[Middle English, from Hebrew tōpet; see wtp in Semitic roots.]


(ˈtəʊfɛt) or


(Bible) Old Testament a place in the valley immediately to the southwest of Jerusalem; the Shrine of Moloch, where human sacrifices were offered
[from Hebrew Tōpheth]


or To•pheth

(ˈtoʊ fɪt, -fɛt)

1. (in the Bible) a place near Jerusalem where children were offered as sacrifices to Moloch.
2. the place of punishment for the wicked after death; hell.
[1350–1400; Middle English « Hebrew tōpheth a place name]
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It seemed the great Black Parliament sitting in Tophet.
We no longer groan and heap ashes upon our heads when the flames of Tophet are mentioned.
Smooth-it-away, while we remained in the smoky and lurid cavern, took occasion to prove that Tophet has not even a metaphorical existence.
To deny the existence of Tophet, when he felt its fiery tortures raging within his breast.
Another phenomenon, still more strikingly modern, was a package of lucifer matches, which, in old times, would have been thought actually to borrow their instantaneous flame from the nether fires of Tophet.
The isolation of his manner and colour lent him the appearance of a creature from Tophet, who had strayed into the pellucid smokelessness of this region of yellow grain and pale soil, with which he had nothing in common, to amaze and to discompose its aborigines.
Nor content with such Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart Of SOLOMON he led by fraud to build His Temple right against the Temple of God On that opprobrious Hill, and made his Grove The pleasant Vally of HINNOM, TOPHET thence And black GEHENNA call'd, the Type of Hell.
in awed mutters all round him; -- down the stokehold ladder, missing many iron rungs in his hurry, down into a place deep as a well, black as Tophet, tipping over back and forth like a see-saw.
In this connection, Director of the Carthage museum and site Sondes Douggui presented a project to enhance the site's monuments: The rehabilitation, restoration and fitting-out of different monuments such as the Punic ports, the Tophet of Carthage, the UNESCO square, the reconstruction of the circus, the Maalgua tanks, the Roman theatre and the Carthage museum.
Docs Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) and Quincy Tophet (Sam Spruell) try to find a cure and save humanity.
The Last Ship" features Eric Dane as Tom Chandler, Rhona Mitra as Rachel Scott, Adam Baldwin as Mike Slattery, Sam Spruell as Quincy Tophet, and more.
And Tophet, which the poem references, is a Biblical city that, for the Victorians, was a resonant symbol of environmental degradation; according to one mid-century exegete, the historical Tophet was originally known as "the pleasant valley" which later became "a receptacle for the rubbish and filth of the city" where piles of trash were perennially burning.