immolation

noun
im·​mo·​la·​tion | \ ˌi-mə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce immolation (audio) \

Definition of immolation

1 : the act of immolating : the state of being immolated
2 : something that is immolated

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Examples of immolation in a Sentence

the blood-drenched immolations that the ancient Aztecs annually offered by the thousands
Recent Examples on the Web And increasingly, they are told to put their faith not in player or owner or even executives themselves, but rather processes that often involve roster immolation and intentional losing with no guarantee of future glory. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Injured parties, defiant execs and a tainted title: Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal checks all the boxes," 15 Jan. 2020 The self-immolation of 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari, who became known as the ‘‘Blue Girl’’ for her love of the Iranian team Esteghlal, whose uniforms are blue, shocked Iranian officials and the public. BostonGlobe.com, "TEHRAN — They had to sit well apart from the men, and the place was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered inside a Tehran stadium Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they have been allowed to freely attend in decades.," 11 Oct. 2019 De Soto cites the self-immolation of Tunisian citizen Mohamed Bouazizi, which set off the Arab Spring in 2010, as the quintessential example of these pro-market rebellions. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "A Peruvian Economist Challenges the Socialist Consensus on Inequality," 11 Dec. 2019 Protests mounted, leading to the self-immolation of Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc. BostonGlobe.com, "He was born Pham Quang in 1923 in Quang Binh province in an area of central Vietnam later controlled by North Vietnam. He later adopted the title thich, meaning “the venerable.”," 24 Nov. 2019 Tunisia was the country that began a historic wave of revolt across the Arab world in 2011, after a young fruit seller named Mohammed Bouazizi killed himself by self-immolation to protest abuse by local officials. Christian Caryl, Twin Cities, "Christian Caryl: The democratic success story that no one is talking about," 16 Oct. 2019 The North African nation on the Mediterranean Sea was the fountainhead of the 2011 Arab Spring protests, touched off by the self-immolation of a young fruit vendor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tunisia’s presidential vote pits professor vs. prisoner," 29 Sep. 2019 In the 1970s the despondency was prompted by concerns about overpopulation, environmental damage and the prospect of nuclear immolation. The Economist, "Pessimism v progress," 18 Dec. 2019 Cooley has long used controlled flame to produce his artwork, but even a close call with personal immolation wasn’t enough to extinguish his interest in the subject. Wired, "Distant Galaxies? The Death Star? Nope, These Are Explosions," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of immolation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2020

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“Immolation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immolation. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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