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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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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The case grabbed attention in April 2018 when the girl tried to immolate herself outside the state chief minister’s home to protest police inaction on her rape complaint. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "Indian politician faces possible murder charge after teenager who accused him of rape is critically injured in car crash," 31 July 2019 The incident came weeks after a 78-year-old man died after self-immolating near the Japanese Embassy, also in protest of Tokyo. Washington Post, "Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs," 2 Aug. 2019 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,, "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,, "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,, "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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of immolate

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

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