[ im-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈɪm əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), im·mo·lat·ed, im·mo·lat·ing.

to sacrifice.
to kill as a sacrificial victim, as by fire; offer in sacrifice.
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
Related formsim·mo·la·tor, nounun·im·mo·lat·ed, adjective
Can be confusedemulate immolate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for immolate


/ (ˈɪməʊˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)

to kill or offer as a sacrifice, esp by fire
literary to sacrifice (something highly valued)
Derived Formsimmolation, nounimmolator, noun

Word Origin for immolate

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

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