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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Synonyms for immolation


offering, sacrifice, victim

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Examples of immolation in a Sentence

the blood-drenched immolations that the ancient Aztecs annually offered by the thousands

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The self-immolation death of 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari has shocked Iranian officials and the public, becoming an immediate hashtag trend across social media in the Islamic Republic. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Iranian woman facing prison for trying to watch a soccer match fatally sets herself ablaze," 10 Sep. 2019 Every time Biden opens his mouth there’s the chance of self-immolation. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: It’s still Biden’s race to lose," 3 Sep. 2019 Even more than Washington, Hollywood is the epicenter of do-it-yourself immolation. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Les Moonves, Kevin Tsujihara and the Art of Hollywood Self-Sabotage," 23 Aug. 2019 Swire executives appear to have concluded that any resistance would be an act of corporate self-immolation. The Economist, "Why China’s assault on Cathay Pacific should scare all foreign firms," 22 Aug. 2019 Whereas burgers and dogs can somewhat survive immolation, fish gets completely overwhelmed. Ben Mims,, "Redfish blackened with Korean chile flake butter is the perfect summer dish," 13 June 2019 But stasis shifted toward dynamism in December 2010, when the self- immolation of an unemployed and desperate young man named Mohamed Bouazizi inflamed Tunisia. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 Bouazizi had been harassed by police officers who attempted to shut down his business with no recourse, and his suicide by self-immolation galvanized Tunisian protesters. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "What was the Arab Spring and how did it spread?," 29 Mar. 2019 More recently, traditionally Tibetan regions of western China have been racked by a series of self-immolations by Buddhist clergy and lay people protesting Chinese rule and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama, now aged 83. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China closes Tibet to foreigners for sensitive anniversaries," 19 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of immolation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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