im·​mo·​la·​tion | \ˌi-mə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of immolation 

1 : the act of immolating : the state of being immolated

2 : something that is immolated

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Synonyms for immolation


offering, sacrifice, victim

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Examples of immolation in a Sentence

the blood-drenched immolations that the ancient Aztecs annually offered by the thousands

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Motives for the self-immolation are unclear Sunday. Fox News, "Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in Gaza," 20 May 2018 In fact, a lawyer had recently set himself on fire in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park (as a statement against fossil fuel use), and the incident led to a teachable classroom moment about the tradition and culture of self-immolation. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "How College Courses on Happiness and Humiliation Because the Hottest Trend on Campus," 10 July 2018 What follows is a methodical and sustained act of existential self-immolation, as Moshfegh’s narrator lays waste to her own raw human capital, obliterating month after month in a fog of downers, Diet Sprite, and Whoopi Goldberg movies. Alexandra Kleeman, Vanities, "This Novel Provides an Empowering, Grotesque Alternative to Leaning In," 2 July 2018 No Götterdämmerung, no immolation scene and no end of the world with fire and flood. Leah Garchik,, "From Russia and Germany, the bleak end of everything," 19 June 2018 Self-immolations of Tibetan Buddhist monks continue, according to the report, which also notes US concerns for Falun Gong practitioners and the Muslim Uighur community. Laura Koran, CNN, "Pompeo vows US will 'not stand by as spectators' on abuses of religious freedom," 29 May 2018 The report cited a rash of self-immolations by Tibetans to protest the restrictions. Tracy Wilkinson,, "State Department report on religious freedom slams Saudi Arabia, China for human rights abuses," 29 May 2018 In his suicide letter, Mr. Buckel alluded to recent cases of self-immolation in Tibet. Annie Correal, New York Times, "What Drove a Man to Set Himself on Fire in Brooklyn?," 28 May 2018 In the books, there is little that is romantic about Patrick’s self-immolation. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Is Patrick Melrose Too Glamorous?," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of immolation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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something that serves to warn or remind

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