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[self-im-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˈsɛlfˌɪm əˈleɪ ʃən/
voluntary sacrifice or denial of oneself, as for an ideal or another person.
Origin of self-immolation
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tears came into my sister's eyes; I could see the wings of self-immolation hovering over her.

    A Woman of Genius Mary Austin
  • self-immolation were easy in comparison with the infliction of one pang on her.

    Evenings at Donaldson Manor Maria J. McIntosh
  • Great love is always capable of expressing itself in sacrifice and self-immolation.

    Jerry of the Islands Jack London
  • The words fell chillingly on the blaze of her self-immolation.

    Sanctuary Edith Wharton
  • These earliest experiences rarely got beyond a sort of dumb awe, a vague, vast, ineffectual desire for self-immolation.

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for self-immolation


the act or an instance of setting fire to oneself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-immolation

also self immolation, 1817, from self- + immolation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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