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.

Nearby words

  1. immoderate,
  2. immoderation,
  3. immodest,
  4. immodesty,
  5. immokalee,
  6. immolation,
  7. immoral,
  8. immoralism,
  9. immoralist,
  10. immorality

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


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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