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[self-im-uh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. voluntary sacrifice or denial of oneself, as for an ideal or another person.
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Origin of self-immolation

First recorded in 1810–20
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Related Words for self-immolation

persecution, pain, distress, torture, agony, sacrifice, ordeal, torment, affliction, crucifixion, mortification, anguish, devotion, self-sacrifice, seppuku, disembowelment, agonizing, self-immolation

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British Dictionary definitions for self-immolation


  1. the act or an instance of setting fire to oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-immolation


also self immolation, 1817, from self- + immolation.

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