self-immolation

[self-im-uh-ley-shuh n]

noun

voluntary sacrifice or denial of oneself, as for an ideal or another person.

Nearby words

  1. self-identify,
  2. self-identity,
  3. self-ignite,
  4. self-image,
  5. self-immolating,
  6. self-important,
  7. self-imposed,
  8. self-improvement,
  9. self-inclusive,
  10. self-incompatible

Origin of self-immolation

First recorded in 1810–20

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British Dictionary definitions for self-immolation

self-immolation

noun

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

self-immolation

n.

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

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