To·phet (tōfĕt′, -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 the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.