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self-immolation

Line breaks: self-immola¦tion
Pronunciation: /sɛlfɪməˈleɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of self-immolation in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The offering of oneself as a sacrifice, especially by burning: 70 people died in the unrest, mainly by gunfire and self-immolation
More example sentences
  • Among the suicide cases, 61 hanged themselves, 12 took insecticides, one slit the wrists, another one jumped to death, while one committed suicide by self-immolation.
  • Over the past several years, experts say, this kind of defiance has been accompanied by an even more dangerous form of protest: suicide by self-immolation.
  • The number of recorded suicides, especially self-immolation, has shot up among young women.

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