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[im-uh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. an act or instance of immolating.
  2. the state of being immolated.
  3. a sacrifice.
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Origin of immolation

1525–35; < Latin immolātiōn- (stem of immolātiō) offering, sacrifice. See immolate, -ion
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  • Joan also watched the immolation, and she was a little angry at it.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • The mystery of love, the immolation of the Holy Victim, was about to begin.

  • But if this immolation is necessary to your peace of mind, it shall be done—I owe it to you.

    The Child of Pleasure

    Gabriele D'Annunzio

  • That of immolation, you answer, as typifying the grand offering.

  • But nobody behaving honestly is fit to be designated for immolation on my part.

Word Origin and History for immolation


early 15c., "a sacrificing" (originally especially with reference to Christ), from Middle French immolation (13c.) or directly from Latin immolationem (nominative immolatio) "a sacrificing," noun of action from past participle stem of immolare (see immolate).

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