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

Examples of immolation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 And in 2012, Kentucky faced Louisville — and Rick Pitino, the coach who had resurrected the Wildcats and led them to a national title — in a national semifinal that threatened to send the Commonwealth, as well as nearly 73,000 fans at the Superdome, into rapturous immolation. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 The risks of financial immolation are great. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 Feb. 2023 Investigators placed on Sabatini’s trail may have drawn overly severe conclusions in some areas, and Whitehead and Sabatini may have missed a chance for a less destructive resolution, one that didn’t cause the professional immolation of a top cell biologist and the dismantling of a world-class lab., 28 Jan. 2023 The shares staggered lower over the following months, culminating in a record one-day immolation of market value of $251 billion on Feb. 3, when the company announced disappointing results for the fourth quarter of 2021. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 That was before his self-immolation began raging out of control, a fire still burning today. The Indianapolis Star, 18 July 2022 This follows the immolation of the previous Tory government, that of Liz Truss, the shortest-serving prime minister in modern British history. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2022 The novel’s smooth depiction of a worsening world is punctuated with harrowing depictions of shootings, self-immolation, suicide, bombings and even more grotesquely innovative killings. Mark Athitakis, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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