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tr.v. im·mo·lat·ed, im·mo·lat·ing, im·mo·lates
1. To kill (an animal, for instance) as a religious sacrifice.
2. To kill, especially by fire: "[The soldiers] are crushed under rocks, pierced by bullets, immolated by flamethrowers" (A.O. Scott).
[Latin immolāre, immolāt-, to sacrifice, sprinkle with sacrificial meal : in-, on; see in-2 + mola, meal, millstone; see melə- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. to kill or offer as a sacrifice, esp by fire
2. literary to sacrifice (something highly valued)
[C16: from Latin immolāre to sprinkle an offering with sacrificial meal, sacrifice, from im- (in) + mola spelt grain; see mill1]
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v.t. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
1. to sacrifice.
2. to kill as a sacrificial victim, as by fire; offer in sacrifice.
3. to destroy by fire.
[1540–50; < Latin immolātus, past participle of immolāre to sprinkle with meal prior to sacrificing, sacrifice =im- im-1 + mola sacrificial barley cake, literally, millstone; see mill1]
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Past participle: immolated
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|Verb||1.||immolate - offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction; "The Aztecs immolated human victims"; "immolate the valuables at the temple"|
sacrifice - make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
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immolate[ˈɪməʊleɪt] VT → inmolar
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