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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.


vb (tr)
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]
ˌimmoˈlation n
ˈimmoˌlator n


(ˈɪm əˌleɪt)

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]
im′mo•la`tor, n.


Past participle: immolated
Gerund: immolating

I immolate
you immolate
he/she/it immolates
we immolate
you immolate
they immolate
I immolated
you immolated
he/she/it immolated
we immolated
you immolated
they immolated
Present Continuous
I am immolating
you are immolating
he/she/it is immolating
we are immolating
you are immolating
they are immolating
Present Perfect
I have immolated
you have immolated
he/she/it has immolated
we have immolated
you have immolated
they have immolated
Past Continuous
I was immolating
you were immolating
he/she/it was immolating
we were immolating
you were immolating
they were immolating
Past Perfect
I had immolated
you had immolated
he/she/it had immolated
we had immolated
you had immolated
they had immolated
I will immolate
you will immolate
he/she/it will immolate
we will immolate
you will immolate
they will immolate
Future Perfect
I will have immolated
you will have immolated
he/she/it will have immolated
we will have immolated
you will have immolated
they will have immolated
Future Continuous
I will be immolating
you will be immolating
he/she/it will be immolating
we will be immolating
you will be immolating
they will be immolating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been immolating
you have been immolating
he/she/it has been immolating
we have been immolating
you have been immolating
they have been immolating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been immolating
you will have been immolating
he/she/it will have been immolating
we will have been immolating
you will have been immolating
they will have been immolating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been immolating
you had been immolating
he/she/it had been immolating
we had been immolating
you had been immolating
they had been immolating
I would immolate
you would immolate
he/she/it would immolate
we would immolate
you would immolate
they would immolate
Past Conditional
I would have immolated
you would have immolated
he/she/it would have immolated
we would have immolated
you would have immolated
they would have immolated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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


To offer as a sacrifice:


[ˈɪməʊleɪt] VTinmolar


vt (liter)opfern, zum Opfer bringen
References in classic literature ?
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.
Tapey's act (8) at the Kirti Monastery was followed in 2011 by nineteen more immolations, largely by Buddhist monks and nuns, but increasingly also by lay-people, including villagers, a mother of young children, a teenage woman, and even nomads whose traditional grazing-lands have been appropriated for Chinese mass-settlement programs or resource extraction.
An anonymous letter written by an exiled Tibetan from Ngaba (4) and released by the International Campaign for Tibet stated that over 100 monks and other locals have disappeared, and that the immolations were a response to the repressive conditions.
Phuntsok also said the self immolations could be stopped if the root cause is addressed.
But analysts said such prosecutions were unlikely to end the immolations. Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 in apparent protest against Beijing's rule, which critics say represses Tibetan religious rights and erodes their culture as more majority ethnic Han move to Tibetan areas.
"November Brings 23 Deaths in 27 Immolations" November 29, 2012: news/2012/11/29/china-tibetan-immolations-security-measures-escalate