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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Recent Examples on the Web His bargain also involves the burning of his island home—a six-minute take that consummates Tarkovsky’s motif of immolation. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Drenching Richness of Andrei Tarkovsky," 8 Feb. 2021 Those who knew Bouazizi said his self-immolation was meant to protest the rampant corruption, political repression and youth unemployment that has beset Tunisia and the Arab world for generations under a cabal of elderly autocrats. NBC News, "10 years after Arab Spring, autocratic regimes hold the upper hand," 19 Dec. 2020 Dear Michelle, This is the writer from last week who talked about self-immolation. The Washington Post, "Color of Money," 10 Sep. 2020 The fireball flashed an enormous photograph of the city at the instant of its immolation fixed on the mineral, vegetable and animal surfaces of the city itself. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb will always inspire debate," 30 July 2020 Da 5 Bloods' montage summary of the Vietnam War includes newsreel footage of American protests—and the violence inflicted upon protesters by police—along with real-life footage of immolation and a Viet Cong captain being executed. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is a hard watch, but an easy Netflix recommendation," 19 June 2020 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 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

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First Known Use of immolation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Immolation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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