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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun In the Bible, a place outside Jerusalem where the Canaanites offered children as sacrifices to Moloch.
  • noun The place where wicked souls are punished after death; Hell.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A place situated at the southeastern extremity of Gehenna, or Valley of Hinnom, to the south of Jerusalem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A place lying east or southeast of Jerusalem, in the valley of Hinnom.

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  • proper noun biblical A location near Jerusalem in the valley of Gehenna where children were burned alive as sacrifice.
  • noun A hellish place.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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From Hebrew תופת.

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