immolate

verb
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 especially by fire

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Other Words from immolate

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

Synonyms for immolate

Synonyms

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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Fouquet’s, brasserie of the superrich where Nicolas Sarkozy, the center-right president of France from 2007 to 2012, celebrated his election victory, was ransacked and immolated. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 The Boston bullpen immolated in the seventh Sunday, blowing a 4-2 lead, as the Yankees unspooled a nine-run inning to sink the Sox, 12-8, a UK TKO. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox traveled long way to learn they’re far from being threat to Yankees," 30 June 2019 Closer Kenley Jansen watched from the bullpen on Monday as Kelly self-immolated. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "You know what that Angels’ sweep of the Dodgers meant? Not much," 12 June 2019 The heat melted the gantry into a heap, and the flames immolated all 21 workers at the site, leaving nothing but teeth for medical examiners to identify the bodies. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can the U.S. Save Alcantara, Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport?," 20 Mar. 2019 Just a bunch of guys trying not to immolate themselves. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "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, SI.com, "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, latimes.com, "Diamondbacks get three runs off Jansen, two in 15th for double comeback win," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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immolate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of immolate

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

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