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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.]

im′mo·la′tion n.
im′mo·la′tor n.
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(ˌɪm əˈleɪ ʃən)

1. an act or instance of immolating.
2. the state of being immolated.
3. a sacrifice.
[1525–35; < Latin]
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the process of sacrificing, espeeially by flre. — immolator, n.
See also: Killing
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.immolation - killing or offering as a sacrifice
ritual killing, sacrifice - the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
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One or more living creatures slain and offered to a deity as part of a religious rite:
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n (liter)
(= sacrifice)Opfer nt
(action) → Opfern nt, → Opferung f
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I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.
Whether the words of Madame were a pleasantry, or uttered in all innocency, they proved the pitiless immolation of everything that Louis had found charming or poetic in the young girl.
In a certain work incidentally treating of the 'Washington, or Northern Marquesas Islands,' I have seen the frequent immolation of human victims upon the altars of their gods, positively and repeatedly charged upon the inhabitants.
But now, his guilty secret known only to Balatta, whose fear of immolation before the Red One fast-sealed her lips, the situation was different.
She emptied her blackened pieces into the flames, and motioned me to finish the immolation. It was done; I stirred up the ashes, and interred them under a shovelful of coals; and she mutely, and with a sense of intense injury, retired to her private apartment.
If I had permitted him, I am satisfied that Traddles would have made a perfect savage of himself, and eaten a plateful of raw meat, to express enjoyment of the repast; but I would hear of no such immolation on the altar of friendship, and we had a course of bacon instead; there happening, by good fortune, to be cold bacon in the larder.
You thought of the poor cobbler's immolation. So far, you had been stooping in your gait; but now I saw you draw yourself up to your full height.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 20 (ANI): The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has written to the Delhi Police wanting to know the reasons for not arresting the accused in the immolation of a 35-year-old widow allegedly by her in-laws in Nizamuddin area here on Sunday.
LAHORE -- Supreme Court (SC) has rejected Muzaffargarh police report in Amna Bibi self immolation case and directed district and sessions judge Multan to probe into the matter and file the inquiry report thereof before it within 6 weeks.
It followed an earlier first immolation of a Tibetan former monk Thupten Ngodrup, in Delhi in 1998, which in its shocking unprecedence has been referenced by subsequent immolators inside Tibet, most notably a senior Lama Sobha (a.k.a.
Called "Self Immolation in Tibet", the film was just one of the presentations at the college's annual Social Justice Conference, which saw the entire 350 student body take time out from timetables to attend.