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  • (noun): The flat area on either side of the forehead.
    Example: "The veins in his temple throbbed"
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Temple

A temple (from the Latin word templum) is a structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer and sacrifice, or analogous rites. A templum constituted a sacred precinct as defined by a priest, or augur. It has the same root as the word "template," a plan in preparation of the building that was marked out on the ground by the augur. Templa also became associated with the dwelling places of a god or gods. Despite the specific set of meanings associated with the religion of the ancient Rome, the word has now become quite widely used to describe a house of worship for any number of religions and is even used for time periods prior to the Romans.

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Jonestown
... Jonestown was the informal name for the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, an intentional community in northwestern Guyana formed by the Peoples Temple led by Jim Jones ... A total of 909 Temple members died in Jonestown, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in an event termed "revolutionary suicide" by Jones and some ... in Jonestown followed the murder of five others by Temple members at a nearby Port Kaituma airstrip ...
Jonestown Established - Investigation and Mass Migration
... Further information Peoples Temple in San Francisco In the summer of 1977, Jones and several hundred Temple members moved to Jonestown to escape building pressure from San Francisco media investigations ... by Marshall Kilduff detailing allegations by former Temple members ...
Kasaragod
... Notable landmarks include the famous Madhur Temple, Mallikkarjuna Temple,Ananthapura temple Theruvatthu Mosque, Chandragiri Fort, Malik Deenar Mosque and the Central ...
Events in Jonestown Prior To Ryan Visit - White Nights
... Jones made frequent addresses to Temple members regarding Jonestown's safety, including statements that the CIA and other intelligence agencies were conspiring with "capitalist pigs" to destroy Jonestown and harm ... After work, when purported emergencies arose, the Temple sometimes conducted what Jones referred to as "White Nights" ... Peoples Temple defector Deborah Layton described the event in an affidavit The Temple had received monthly half-pound shipments of cyanide since 1976 after Jones obtained a ...
Temple - Other Religions
... Though the word "temple" is used broadly, one should use it with discretion in the context of some religions ... For example, a masjid or "mosque" should not be considered a temple because masjid in Arabic means "the place for kneeling (to God)." Convention allows the use of temple in the following cases Bahá'í temple (M ... Mankhim, the temple of the ethnic group the Rai, located at Aritar, Sikkim ...

More definitions of "temple":

  • (noun): Place of worship consisting of an edifice for the worship of a deity.
  • (noun): (Judaism) the place of worship for a Jewish congregation.
    Synonyms: synagogue, tabernacle
  • (noun): An edifice devoted to special or exalted purposes.

Famous quotes containing the word temple:

    The heathen are come into thine inheritance,
    And thy temple have they defiled.
    —T.S. (Thomas Stearns)

    One sorry fret,
    An anvill Sparke, rose higher,
    And in thy Temple falling, almost set
    The house on fire.
    Such fireballs dropping in the Temple Flame
    Burns up the building: Lord, forbid the same.
    Edward Taylor (1645–1729)

    The difference of the English and Irish character is nowhere more plainly discerned than in their respective kitchens. With the former, this apartment is probably the cleanest, and certainly the most orderly, in the house.... An Irish kitchen ... is usually a temple dedicated to the goddess of disorder; and, too often, joined with her, is the potent deity of dirt.
    Anthony Trollope (1815–1882)