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.]
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