Definition of temple noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtempl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtempl//
    Religious buildings, Religious places, Historic buildings, Face
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  1. 1 a building used for the worship of a god or gods, especially in religions other than Christianity the Temple of Diana at Ephesus a Buddhist/Hindu/Sikh temple (North American English) to go to temple (= to a service in a synagogue, where Jews worship) CollocationsReligionBeing religious believe in God/​Christ/​Allah/​free will/​predestination/​heaven and hell/​an afterlife/​reincarnation be/​become a believer/​an atheist/​an agnostic/​a Christian/​Muslim/​Hindu/​Buddhist, etc. convert to/​practise/ (especially US English) practice a religion/​Buddhism/​Catholicism/​Christianity/​Islam/​Judaism, etc. go to church/(North American English) temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/​mosque/​synagogue/​gurdwara belong to a church/​a religious community join/​enter the church/​a convent/​a monastery/​a religious sect/​the clergy/​the priesthood praise/​worship/​obey/​serve/​glorify GodCelebrations and ritual attend/​hold/​conduct/​lead a service perform a ceremony/​a rite/​a ritual/​a baptism/​the Hajj/​a mitzvah carry out/​perform a sacred/​burial/​funeral/​fertility/​purification rite go on/​make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/​Easter/​Eid/​Ramadan/​Hanukkah/​Passover/​Diwali observe/​break the Sabbath/​a fast/​Ramadan deliver/​preach/​hear a sermon lead/​address the congregation say/​recite a prayer/​blessingReligious texts and ideas preach/​proclaim/​spread the word of God/​the Gospel/​the message of Islam study/​follow the dharma/​the teachings of Buddha read/​study/​understand/​interpret scripture/​the Bible/​the Koran/​the gospel/​the Torah be based on/​derive from divine revelation commit/​consider something heresy/​sacrilegeReligious belief and experience seek/​find/​gain enlightenment/​wisdom strengthen/​lose your faith keep/​practise/​practice/​abandon the faith save/​purify/​lose your soul obey/​follow/​keep/​break/​violate a commandment/​Islamic law/​Jewish law be/​accept/​do God’s will receive/​experience divine grace achieve/​attain enlightenment/​salvation/​nirvana undergo a conversion/​rebirth/​reincarnation hear/​answer a prayer commit/​confess/​forgive a sin do/​perform penance See related entries: Religious buildings, Religious places, Historic buildings
  2. 2 each of the flat parts at the sides of the head, at the same level as the eyes and higher He had black hair, greying at the temples. See related entries: Face
  3. Word Originsense 1 Old English templ, tempel, reinforced in Middle English by Old French temple, both from Latin templum ‘open or consecrated space’.sense 2 Middle English: from Old French, from an alteration of Latin tempora, plural of tempus ‘temple of the head’.Extra examples He’s greying at the temples. There was a throbbing in her temples. These deities prevent evil spirits from entering the temple precincts. They went to pray in the temple. a temple dedicated to Venus the great temples of Egypt a Buddhist/​Hindu/​Sikh temple
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