- voluntary sacrifice or denial of oneself, as for an ideal or another person.
Origin of self-immolation
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for self-immolation
Or is it “a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?”Time Bandit: Donna Tartt’s “Goldfinch”
October 23, 2013
In higher-income countries, self-immolation was rare and most often carried out by males, many of whom had a psychiatric history.
Kent Sepkowitz looks at the centuries-long practice of self-immolation—and why it persists from India to Vietnam to Iran.
Self-immolation has been around for centuries, having been intermittently practiced by protesting monks in the East.
It was as dramatic and cringe-worthy a self-immolation as I've ever seen.Daily Beast Contributors Weigh In on the GOP Debate
November 12, 2011
Self-immolation were easy in comparison with the infliction of one pang on her.Evenings at Donaldson Manor
Maria J. McIntosh
Even if this reads like slavery or self-immolation, what do you care?The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
He could but recognize a baleful nobility in her self-immolation.The Confounding of Camelia
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The words fell chillingly on the blaze of her self-immolation.Sanctuary
These acts of self-immolation were esteemed exceedingly meritorious.The Student's Mythology
Catherine Ann White
- the act or an instance of setting fire to oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-immolation
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