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Definition 1: place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity - [noun denoting artifact]

(temple is a kind of ...) any building where congregations gather for prayer

(... is a kind of temple ) a Chinese temple or shrine for idol worship

(... is a kind of temple ) an Asian temple; usually a pyramidal tower with an upward curving roof

(... is a kind of temple ) (antiquity) a temple to all the gods

(... is an instance of temple) the large temple of the Greek goddess Artemis which was begun at Ephesus in 541 BC and completed 220 years later; the temple was destroyed by the Goths in 262

(... is an instance of temple) the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture

(... is an instance of temple) the Mormon temple

(... is an instance of temple) a large temple at Ephesus that was said to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world

Definition 2: an edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes - [noun denoting artifact]

(temple is a kind of ...) a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

"there was a three-story building on the corner" "it was an imposing edifice"

(... is a kind of temple ) a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians

(temple is a part of ...) (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure

(temple is a part of ...) (architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof

Definition 3: (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for temple in the sense of this definition

(temple is a kind of ...) any building where congregations gather for prayer

(... is an instance of temple) any of three successive temples in Jerusalem that served as the primary center for Jewish worship; the first temple contained the Ark of the Covenant and was built by Solomon in the 10th century BC and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC; the second was built in 515 BC and the third was an enlargement by Herod the Great in 20 BC that was destroyed by the Romans during a Jewish revolt in AD 70; all that remains is the Wailing Wall

(temple belongs to category ...) the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud

Definition 4: the flat area on either side of the forehead - [noun denoting body]

Samples where temple or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the veins in his temple throbbed

(temple is a kind of ...) the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin

"an expression of pleasure crossed his features" "his lineaments were very regular"

(... is part of temple) the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains

"he stuck his head out the window"

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