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Deliberate sacrifice of oneself, especially by fire.
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the act or an instance of setting fire to oneself
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voluntary sacrifice of oneself.
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References in classic literature ?
That was now done, and she had not the power to attempt self-immolation a second time then.
Great love is always capable of expressing itself in sacrifice and self-immolation. And only for love, and for no lesser reason, could Jerry have made the leap.
One of the frenzied aspirations of the populace was, for imitations of the questionable public virtues of antiquity, and for sacrifices and self-immolations on the people's altar.
Ironically the rape-victim, Amina who failed to get justice, even after begging for it outside the office of DGO Muzaffargarh, managed to galvanize the police department after her outrageous death due to her self-immolation.
Another Bulgarian died by self-immolation in the central city of Veliko Tarnovo on February 19 although he had not voiced any demands and police played down his death saying he had schizophrenia.
Following the fatal self-immolation incident in Nepal and another one on Feb.
The CCTV program featured an interview with a man in a hospital identified as a Tibetan who survived an attempted self-immolation. During his interview, he said a VOA story on the self-immolations in the area prompted him to follow suit.
China : A young Tibetan in southwestern China has died after setting himself on fire, rights groups have reported, marking the second self-immolation protest in a week and lifting the total to nearly 100.
Local monks rebuffed police requests to hand over the monk's body after the self-immolation, said the report, quoting unidentified Tibetan exiles.
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): A 27-year-old woman reportedly committed self-immolation due to a family dispute in northwestern Jawzjan province, an official said on Thursday.
MAN ATTEMPTS SELF-IMMOLATION: A young man suffered severe burns after he doused himself with kerosene oil and set fire to himself in the Jail Chowk area on Saturday.
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) President Dr Lobsang Sangay said another self-immolation incident was a disturbing news and it showed that the Tibetans denounce the Chinese occupation of Tibet.