[ im-uh-leyt ]
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verb (used with object),im·mo·lat·ed, im·mo·lat·ing.
  1. to sacrifice.

  2. to kill as a sacrificial victim, as by fire; offer in sacrifice.

  1. to destroy by fire.

Origin of immolate

1540–50; <Latin immolātus, past participle of immolāre to sprinkle with holy meal prior to sacrificing, sacrifice, equivalent to im-im-1 + mol(a) sacrificial barley cake, literally, millstone (see mill1) + -ātus-ate1

Other words from immolate

  • im·mo·la·tor, noun
  • un·im·mo·lat·ed, adjective

Words that may be confused with immolate

Words Nearby immolate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use immolate in a sentence

  • A people that continually provoke me to anger before my face, that immolate in gardens, and sacrifice upon bricks.

  • It will not be the first time that humanity has preferred to immolate a god rather than admit its own guilt.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
  • After having sacrificed her husband to her mother, Mme. Fauvel was about to immolate her husband and children for Raoul.

    File No. 113 | Emile Gaboriau
  • And for thee, Glaucus, are there not enough Achaeans, that thou mayest immolate whom thou wishest?

    The Aesthetical Essays | Friedrich Schiller
  • She spurns the doctrine that it is woman's position to abnegate and to immolate herself.

    The Salamander | Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for immolate


/ (ˈɪməʊˌleɪt) /

  1. to kill or offer as a sacrifice, esp by fire

  2. literary to sacrifice (something highly valued)

Origin of immolate

C16: from Latin immolāre to sprinkle an offering with sacrificial meal, sacrifice, from im- (in) + mola spelt grain; see mill 1

Derived forms of immolate

  • immolation, noun
  • immolator, noun

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