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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.]
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(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]
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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. A hundred black faces turned round in their rows to peer; and beyond, a black Angel of Doom was beating a book in a pulpit.
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.
"May a' the tribe o' editors, preenters, paper-makers, news-vendors, and the like, bleeze together in the pit o' Tophet!" With this devout aspiration--internally felt, not openly uttered--Bishopriggs put on his spectacles, and read the passage pointed out to him.
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.
He had rushed up out of the bunker, stumbling in the dark alleyway amongst a lot of bewildered men who, trod upon, asked "What's up, sir?" 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.
The volume contains some ninty-eight texts arranged by genre: votive texts, largely relating to sacrifices at the Tophet (1-69); epitaphs (69-88); two inscriptions from the "Temple of Apollo" (89-90); fragmentary texts (91-97); and finally a text from Mididi (Hr Medid) (98).
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.
My whole soul grows sick, my heart is faint, and my brain reels, I am haunted, I am stifled as by the smoke of Tophet, when men's sins rise up before me, the sins of my countrymen; yet, before God I declare it, I love you, my countrymen, my brothers.