One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A building devoted to the worship, or regarded as the dwelling place, of a god or gods or other objects of religious reverence.
- ‘Visitors to the temple used to worship the deity in the morning.’
- ‘Volunteering is mutually beneficial for both the temple and the devotee.’
- ‘They worship in the temple and practice yoga.’
- ‘On these days they do not enter temples or home shrines, or approach holy men.’
- ‘Prayers for the temple and for its worship participants are given priority.’
- ‘The temple can hold 4,000 worshippers.’
- ‘Their efforts have focused on the building of temples.’
- ‘The other temple rituals are forms of collective worship.’
- ‘Obviously they take great pride in their temple buildings.’
- ‘Hawaiians worshipped both in their homes and in open-air temples.’
- ‘Every day elephants bless thousands of Hindu devotees at temples all over India.’
- ‘Hindus seek to find God on the inside while also worshiping God in the temples.’
- ‘Thousands of devotees wait for the temples to open.’
- ‘Those who allow Satan in their temple are opposing God.’
- ‘The Hindu worships at the temple and the Muslim at the mosque.’
- ‘Thousands of Hindu temples and shrines were torn down.’
- ‘In Old Testament times people went to the temple to find God.’
- ‘Worshippers hurried into the temple, praying to the gods to let them be spared.’
- ‘Devotees flock to the temples to perform the ritual.’
- ‘They come to the temple to offer worship.’
- 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.
- ‘There was only one place where sacrifice could be made - the Temple in Jerusalem.’
- ‘They find the Temple defiled and turned into a pagan sanctuary.’
- ‘The area is marked by many ritual baths, in which every Jew entering the Temple area had to immerse.’
- ‘The Romans destroyed our Temple.’
- ‘Jerusalem has been conquered and the Temple has been destroyed.’
- ‘I took a walk through the tunnel along the foundations of the 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.’
- ‘The purpose of the Temple was to focus and amplify the experience of God's Presence.’
- ‘From then on Jewish worship was focussed on the Temple.’
- ‘In that first foray, the Babylonians did not destroy the Temple, nor send the Jews into exile.’
- ‘The Temple in Jerusalem was God's house and that was where He was to be worshipped.’
- ‘He will rebuild the Temple and bring world peace.’
- ‘The destruction of each Temple brought a period of Jewish history to an end.’
- ‘The destruction of the Temple and the exile to Babylon represents a tremendous shock to the Jewish people.’
- ‘Hebrew music came achieved legendary fame as it was performed in the Temple of Jerusalem.’
- ‘Prayers for the rebuilding of the Temple and Jerusalem are included in traditional daily worship.’
- ‘He told the Roman leadership to send a sacrifice to the Temple.’
- ‘Alexander was planning to destroy the Temple.’
- ‘We did not want non-Jews to enter our Temple.’
- 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.
- ‘There is no longer an active Jewish temple anywhere in Slovenia today.’
- ‘We complain of losing our Jewish identity but Jewish temples and organizations don't seem to care.’
- ‘We went to temple just 2 days a year.’
- ‘Early Jewish temples lie deep inside the hill in the Old City in Jerusalem.’
- ‘Jesus was teaching in the synagogues and temples of Galilee.’
- ‘I was a teenager reading the prayer books at temple’
- ‘Most temples here don't seem to want poor Jews to darken their doorsteps.’
- ‘I am Jewish in every way except going to temple’
- ‘In the USA, synagogues are often called temples.’
- ‘We were married by the rabbi of the temple I had attended as a child.’
- ‘He was considered a rabbi and attended temple.’
- ‘The Jewish temple that was hosting one of the interfaith meetings.’
- ‘I was subjected to going to temple at least twice a year’
- ‘The elders of the temple turned Jesus over to the Romans.’
- ‘I always taught in the temple where the Jews always meet.’
- ‘She attends a reformist Jewish temple in Mexico City.’
- ‘We insist on the children going to temple’
- 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.’
- ‘The art was too reminiscent of frescoes in temples or churches!’
- ‘You can speak to members of your temples and churches.’
- ‘Funding for the temple came from both Church tithing funds and from private donations.’
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.‘a man with curly hair graying at the temples’
- ‘She massaged his temples and forehead.’
- ‘There as a scar that ran from his scalp to his temple.’
- ‘Jason bent over and kissed her on the temple.’
- ‘His sleek dark hair was graying at the temples.’
- ‘She gently kissed his forehead and rubbed his temples.’
- ‘She closed her eyes, and he placed his hands flat against her temples.’
- ‘She put her fingers to his temples and rubbed gently in circles.’
- ‘He had been shot in the forehead and the right temple.’
- ‘He suffered grazes to his forehead and right temple.’
- ‘Sweat began to drop down his temples.’
- ‘He placed his hand on each of her temples and let his forehead touch hers.’
- ‘She rubbed her forehead and temples in an unsuccessful attempt to remove the headache.’
- ‘Pain tends to radiate to the temple.’
- ‘He dabbed the washcloth across her forehead and temples.’
- ‘Massage a few drops of the oil on the temples and across the forehead.’
- ‘He fell onto his side, his temple hitting the ground.’
- ‘The patterns should be painted obliquely across the face, starting at the forehead and temples.’
- ‘My forehead, mouth and temples have the tingling numbness, too.’
- ‘Hints of grey showed about the temples and forehead.’
- ‘Next comes the pain that invades your forehead, temples and the nape of your neck.’
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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