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1A building devoted to the worship, or regarded as the dwelling place, of a god or gods or other objects of religious reverence.
- ‘They come to the temple to offer worship.’
- ‘Obviously they take great pride in their temple buildings.’
- ‘Worshippers hurried into the temple, praying to the gods to let them be spared.’
- ‘Volunteering is mutually beneficial for both the temple and the devotee.’
- ‘In Old Testament times people went to the temple to find God.’
- ‘Visitors to the temple used to worship the deity in the morning.’
- ‘Thousands of Hindu temples and shrines were torn down.’
- ‘Thousands of devotees wait for the temples to open.’
- ‘On these days they do not enter temples or home shrines, or approach holy men.’
- ‘Hindus seek to find God on the inside while also worshiping God in the temples.’
- ‘They worship in the temple and practice yoga.’
- ‘Their efforts have focused on the building of temples.’
- ‘Every day elephants bless thousands of Hindu devotees at temples all over India.’
- ‘The temple can hold 4,000 worshippers.’
- ‘Hawaiians worshipped both in their homes and in open-air temples.’
- ‘Prayers for the temple and for its worship participants are given priority.’
- ‘The other temple rituals are forms of collective worship.’
- ‘The Hindu worships at the temple and the Muslim at the mosque.’
- ‘Those who allow Satan in their temple are opposing God.’
- ‘Devotees flock to the temples to perform the ritual.’
- 1.1the Temple Either of two successive religious buildings of the Jews in Jerusalem. The first (957–586 BC) was built by Solomon and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar; it contained the Ark of the Covenant. The second (515 BC–AD 70) was enlarged by Herod the Great from 20 BC and destroyed by the Romans during a Jewish revolt; all that remains is the Western Wall.
- ‘Hebrew music came achieved legendary fame as it was performed in the Temple of Jerusalem.’
- ‘He will rebuild the Temple and bring world peace.’
- ‘Jerusalem has been conquered and the Temple has been destroyed.’
- ‘The Temple in Jerusalem was God's house and that was where He was to be worshipped.’
- ‘The area is marked by many ritual baths, in which every Jew entering the Temple area had to immerse.’
- ‘Prayers for the rebuilding of the Temple and Jerusalem are included in traditional daily worship.’
- ‘The purpose of the Temple was to focus and amplify the experience of God's Presence.’
- ‘They find the Temple defiled and turned into a pagan sanctuary.’
- ‘The destruction of the Temple and the exile to Babylon represents a tremendous shock to the Jewish people.’
- ‘Alexander was planning to destroy the Temple.’
- ‘I took a walk through the tunnel along the foundations of the Temple.’
- ‘From then on Jewish worship was focussed on the Temple.’
- ‘There was only one place where sacrifice could be made - the Temple in Jerusalem.’
- ‘We did not want non-Jews to enter our Temple.’
- ‘During the times of the Temple, Jews from around Israel would make pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times each year.’
- ‘The Temple of Jerusalem still retains a remarkable hold on the human imagination.’
- ‘He told the Roman leadership to send a sacrifice to the Temple.’
- ‘The destruction of each Temple brought a period of Jewish history to an end.’
- ‘The Romans destroyed our Temple.’
- ‘In that first foray, the Babylonians did not destroy the Temple, nor send the Jews into exile.’
- 1.2the Temple A group of buildings in Fleet Street in London that stand on land formerly occupied by the headquarters of the Knights Templar. Located there are the Inner and Outer Temple, two of the Inns of Court.
- ‘The Temple was the London residence of the Knights Templar until their dissolution.’
- 1.3North American A synagogue.
- ‘We complain of losing our Jewish identity but Jewish temples and organizations don't seem to care.’
- ‘In the USA, synagogues are often called temples.’
- ‘We insist on the children going to temple’
- ‘I am Jewish in every way except going to temple’
- ‘Jesus was teaching in the synagogues and temples of Galilee.’
- ‘We went to temple just 2 days a year.’
- ‘There is no longer an active Jewish temple anywhere in Slovenia today.’
- ‘I was subjected to going to temple at least twice a year’
- ‘I was a teenager reading the prayer books at temple’
- ‘The Jewish temple that was hosting one of the interfaith meetings.’
- ‘The elders of the temple turned Jesus over to the Romans.’
- ‘We were married by the rabbi of the temple I had attended as a child.’
- ‘Early Jewish temples lie deep inside the hill in the Old City in Jerusalem.’
- ‘I always taught in the temple where the Jews always meet.’
- ‘He was considered a rabbi and attended temple.’
- ‘She attends a reformist Jewish temple in Mexico City.’
- ‘Most temples here don't seem to want poor Jews to darken their doorsteps.’
- 1.4 A place of Christian public worship, especially a Protestant church in France.
holy place, church, chapel, tabernacle, altar, sanctuary, sanctumView synonyms
- ‘He examines Huguenot temples, the symbol of the Protestant place in France.’
- ‘You can speak to members of your temples and churches.’
- ‘Funding for the temple came from both Church tithing funds and from private donations.’
- ‘The art was too reminiscent of frescoes in temples or churches!’
Old English templ, tempel, reinforced in Middle English by Old French temple, both from Latin templum ‘open or consecrated space’.
The flat part of either side of the head between the forehead and the ear.
- ‘He dabbed the washcloth across her forehead and temples.’
- ‘Hints of grey showed about the temples and forehead.’
- ‘His sleek dark hair was graying at the temples.’
- ‘Sweat began to drop down his temples.’
- ‘Pain tends to radiate to the temple.’
- ‘Massage a few drops of the oil on the temples and across the forehead.’
- ‘She closed her eyes, and he placed his hands flat against her temples.’
- ‘He had been shot in the forehead and the right temple.’
- ‘My forehead, mouth and temples have the tingling numbness, too.’
- ‘She gently kissed his forehead and rubbed his temples.’
- ‘She put her fingers to his temples and rubbed gently in circles.’
- ‘She rubbed her forehead and temples in an unsuccessful attempt to remove the headache.’
- ‘She massaged his temples and forehead.’
- ‘He fell onto his side, his temple hitting the ground.’
- ‘There as a scar that ran from his scalp to his temple.’
- ‘Next comes the pain that invades your forehead, temples and the nape of your neck.’
- ‘The patterns should be painted obliquely across the face, starting at the forehead and temples.’
- ‘He suffered grazes to his forehead and right temple.’
- ‘He placed his hand on each of her temples and let his forehead touch hers.’
- ‘Jason bent over and kissed her on the temple.’
Middle English: from Old French, from an alteration of Latin tempora, plural of tempus ‘temple of the head’.
A device in a loom for keeping the cloth stretched.
Late Middle English: from Old French, perhaps ultimately the same word as temple.
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