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Definition of immolation

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Speakers described a Buddhist tradition of self-immolation as self sacrifice. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 The death of a climate activist by self-immolation outside of the Supreme Court raises questions, debate over hopelessness and grief about climate change. Chris Kenning, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2022 Delusional might be more accurate, given the company’s previous immolation. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, 29 Apr. 2022 His father, as well as others who knew the 50-year-old from Boulder, Colo., suggested that Bruce’s self-immolation, which coincided with Earth Day, was a protest of climate change. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 Bayern’s relentlessness in the last 10 years has come to be explained, then, by its ability to control its taste for self-immolation. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 For the first hour of this game, the only story was Kansas’ implosion, its Self-immolation, its utter panic against a North Carolina team that was supposed to be too injured and out of gas to make a go of it here. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 Better to commit to the couple's implicit philosophy, a life perched precariously between safety and self-immolation. Joshua Rothkopf,, 21 Jan. 2022 His act of self-immolation sparks widespread protests. CNN, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of immolation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Immolation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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