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

  • n. An extremely unpleasant or painful condition or place.
  • n. Hell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


Middle English, from Hebrew tōpet, a place where children were burned in sacrifice; see wtp in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew תופת. (Wiktionary)



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