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

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    And cloystered in these living walls of Jet.
    John Donne (1572–1631)