im·​mo·​late | \ ˈi-mə-ˌlāt How to pronounce immolate (audio) \
immolated; immolating

Definition of immolate

transitive verb

1 : to kill or destroy especially by fire
2 : to offer in sacrifice especially : to kill as a sacrificial victim

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immolator \ ˈi-​mə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce immolate (audio) \ noun

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Examples of immolate in a Sentence

a man who immolated himself as an act of protest a ceremony in which they immolated their cherished possessions so that the gods would send rain
Recent Examples on the Web While East Jerusalem’s lack of good schools has long angered local Palestinians, residents like Mr. Salahiya, who threatened to immolate himself, say Israel is trying to improve education at their families’ expense. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Exotic financial instruments like the ones that helped ignite the housing crash tend to immolate themselves, while vaccines have proved good medicine for the coronavirus. Alain Sherter, CBS News, 9 Sep. 2021 What’s left is to watch the fireworks as Chastain and Isaac immolate one another, and those are indeed spectacular. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 4 Sep. 2021 My search for cans less likely to immolate me and poison the environment bore that out. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug. 2021 In The Disappearing City, Wright’s 1932 treatise on his ideal metropolis, the architect tried to immolate the concept of the industrial city on a pyre of adjectives. Richard Cooke, The New Republic, 4 Jan. 2021 But other candidates self-immolated spectacularly and regularly. Conrad Black, National Review, 11 Mar. 2020 La 15 Y Salsas Restaurant Oaxaqueño Iridescent exterior paint job aside, Las 15 Y Salsas looks like any old neighborhood taco joint, conjuring visions of greasy gorditas and immolated carne asada. Dominic Armato, azcentral, 24 Feb. 2020 His disregard for the plight of fellow citizens was embedded in history when a fruit seller named Mohamed Bouazizi immolated himself after a confrontation with the police, setting off the protests that toppled Mr. Ben Ali. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of immolate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for immolate

Latin immolatus, past participle of immolare to sprinkle with meal before sacrificing, sacrifice, from in- + mola sacrificial barley cake, literally, millstone; akin to Latin molere to grind — more at meal

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“Immolate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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