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

Definition of immolate

transitive verb

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

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

Synonyms for immolate


offer, sacrifice

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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

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Just a bunch of guys trying not to immolate themselves. Paul Daugherty,, "TML: USGA made its golf course the story, not its U.S. Open winner," 18 June 2018 Everyone knew his name, out of proportion to any achievements in his short and self-immolating days as a pitcher. Steve Rushin,, "How the World Has Changed in the 25 Years Since the Final Cheers Episode," 22 May 2018 This is how hip-hop, the black intellectual scene, and our leadership eroded to the point of self-immolating lunacy. T.d. Williams, The Root, "How the West Was Lost," 26 Apr. 2018 Except as the focus on the radar gun intensified, Jansen immolated on the mound in a game the Dodgers eventually lost, 8-7, in 15 innings. Andy Mccullough,, "Diamondbacks get three runs off Jansen, two in 15th for double comeback win," 3 Apr. 2018 The wind had kicked up suddenly and unexpectedly, causing him to immolate. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "Cap Stage‘s ‘Arsonists’ sparks provocative ideas about life, death and family legacies | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Mar. 2018 One hundred years after the start of the first world war, the society that self-immolated between 1914 and 1945 and spent six decades slowly inching back to a state of grace is experiencing a strange turn. Rose Jacobs, Newsweek, "On Top of the World: This Could Be the Start of a Century of German Success," 17 July 2014 The Air Force won't confirm the number of warheads in the missiles, but each can hold a maximum of three; every warhead can immolate 65 square miles within minutes of detonation. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Airmen Who Watch Over America's Nukes—And Await the Unthinkable," 23 Mar. 2011 While the end of his relationship with Nicki Minaj and a self-immolating squabble with Drake curdled his rise, Mill remains a legitimate rap star. Ben Detrick, Billboard, "In Meek Mill's Words: What The Rapper's Fight Says About the Justice System," 17 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of immolate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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The first known use of immolate was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of immolate

formal : to kill or destroy (someone or something) by fire

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