- to sacrifice.
- to kill as a sacrificial victim, as by fire; offer in sacrifice.
- to destroy by fire.
Origin of immolate
Examples from the Web for immolate
He was threatening to immolate both of them when police ended a standoff by grabbing him.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
October 21, 2014
Lastly, President Obama should ask his counterpart what is driving young Tibetan monks and nuns to immolate themselves in protest.Obama, Don’t Let Xi Forget China’s Human Rights Record
June 8, 2013
After sacrificing the greater animals, then we immolate the others.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
They were about to immolate a turtle-dove, but the Princess saved its life, and let it fly.The Frog Prince and Other Stories
Perhaps it was her destiny to immolate herself for duty to the end.The Readjustment
One among ms must immolate himself, study the malady, seek its cure.Egoists
The heads which they have sworn to immolate must be obtained at any cost.The Human Race
- to kill or offer as a sacrifice, esp by fire
- literary to sacrifice (something highly valued)
Word Origin and History for immolate
1540s, "to sacrifice, kill as a victim," from Latin immolatus, past participle of immolare "to sacrifice," originally "to sprinkle with sacrificial meal," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + mola (salsa) "(sacrificial) meal," related to molere "to grind" (see mallet). Related: Immolated; immolating.