immolation

noun

im·​mo·​la·​tion ˌi-mə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce immolation (audio)
1
: the act of immolating : the state of being immolated
2
: something that is immolated

Examples of immolation in a Sentence

the blood-drenched immolations that the ancient Aztecs annually offered by the thousands
Recent Examples on the Web For some artists, shows and life became blurred, performance identities bled into selves, resulting in the gradual immolation of birth names, pasts, and identities. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 23 Jan. 2024 For many, torching the temple has become the centerpiece of the celebration — a more intimate, spiritual event than the rave party-like immolation of the figure. Ed Komenda, Fortune, 6 Sep. 2023 For many, torching the temple has become the centerpiece of the burning — a more intimate, spiritual event than the rave-party-like immolation of the effigy. Scott Sonner, ajc, 6 Sep. 2023 The film’s only sparks are provided by the occasional immolation scenes when one of Dracula’s undead victims is exposed to the sun. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for immolation 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of immolation was in the 15th century

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“Immolation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immolation. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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