Meaning of immolate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪməleɪt/

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[with object]
  • Kill or offer as a sacrifice, especially by burning.

    ‘Chinese kings would immolate vast numbers of animals’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To explain the weakness of such a position I used to ask them whether the British authorities in India were justified in banning the practice of suttee, where a widow was immolated on the funeral pyre of her husband.’
    • ‘During the Vietnam War, Buddhist monks were active in efforts to bring hostilities to a close, and many of them immolated themselves publicly to protest the war.’
    • ‘There was one young couple who, in the process of being immolated, died embracing one another.’
    • ‘It continued to burn, seeming to immolate his very soul.’
    • ‘For just as he is still daily immolated in a mystical manner whilst we show forth his death upon the altar, so also does he seem to be newly born whilst we annually commemorate his nativity.’
    • ‘With the slightest gesture of my head, I attempt several different elemental attacks at once, immolating one, freezing another, zapping a third with several thunderbolts and hitting a fourth with all three at once.’
    • ‘In a sense, it was her job to eschew the great literary career that most of their friends thought she had in her, immolating herself to affirm her husband's greater genius, and to justify all the sacrifices they had made in its name.’
    • ‘Equally appalling was the story of Raja (name changed), who witnessed his mother immolating herself in front of him.’
    • ‘In the legend, the burden of hierarchical corruption is carried by the anathema hurled by the wives immolating themselves, and it culminates in a fatal robe of honour.’
    • ‘In a sense, art was for Kafka a means of immolating the self.’
    • ‘The slightest damage done to their reputation may at times lead to drastic consequences like fans immolating themselves.’
    • ‘A man immolates himself in front of the most expensive Parliament in the world - just a few yards away from here - and not a word from the writers.’
    • ‘No other country in Europe immolates cars with the gusto and single-minded efficiency of France.’
    • ‘Sir, the 24th Shock Army has been immolated by an advance air attack.’
    • ‘Nobody in his or her right mind wants to see these horrible subdivisions built, but they are coming and there is no point in paying billions of dollars to rebuild them once they've been immolated.’
    • ‘But today we do so without risk of being immolated, and with the newfound knowledge that life is hardy, and that the habitable zone may be as large as the universe itself.’
    sacrifice, offer up, offer as a sacrifice, kill as a sacrifice
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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’.