Definition of immolate in English:

immolate

Line breaks: im¦mol|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈɪməleɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
Kill or offer as a sacrifice, especially by burning: Chinese kings would immolate vast numbers of animals
More example sentences
  • When her father - who did not accept Shiva, ever - publicly humiliated her beloved at the ritual, Sati immolated herself in the sacrificial fire, desecrating it.
  • In the old days, the priests used to immolate their sacrifices at the shrine of Huitzilopochti on top of the temple mayor of Tenochtitlan, but we're more civilised than that.
  • Madri immolates herself on her husband's funeral pyre.
Synonyms
sacrifice, offer up, offer as a sacrifice, kill as a sacrifice; kill, slaughter, burn

Origin

mid 16th century (earlier ( late Middle English) as immolation): from Latin immolat- 'sprinkled with sacrificial meal', from the verb immolare, from in- 'upon' + mola 'meal'.

Derivatives

immolation

Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • For the point of Christian martyrdom is not merely the immolation and glorification of individual bodies but the sustenance of a social body, the body of Christ.
  • Both see morally mandated personal development as a form of self-destruction, an immolation of one's desires and impulses for the sake of something extrinsic to the self.
  • Female infanticide was common, and the practice of sati, the immolation of the wife on her husband's funeral pyre, was encouraged, sometimes even forced.

immolator

noun

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