immolate

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verb im·mo·late \ˈi-mə-ˌlāt\

Definition of immolate

immolated

immolating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to offer in sacrifice; especially :  to kill as a sacrificial victim

  3. 2 :  to kill or destroy often by fire

immolator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of immolate in a sentence

  1. a man who immolated himself as an act of protest

  2. <a ceremony in which they immolated their cherished possessions so that the gods would send rain>

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 15th century

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IMMOLATE Defined for English Language Learners

immolate

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verb im·mo·late \ˈi-mə-ˌlāt\

Definition of immolate for English Language Learners

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


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