immolate
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɪm.əʊ.leɪt/, /ˈɪm.ə.leɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɪm.ə.leɪt/
Verb

immolate (immolates, present participle immolating; past and past participle immolated)

  1. To kill as a sacrifice.
    • 1978, A.S. Byatt, The Virgin in the Garden
      A secular style, a new beginning after the iconoclastic excesses under young Edward VI, when angels, Mothers and Children had flared and crackled in the streets, immolated to a logical absolute God who disliked images.
  2. To destroy, especially by fire.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 19:
      She imparted these stories gradually to Miss Crawley; gave her the whole benefit of them; felt it to be her bounden duty as a Christian woman and mother of a family to do so; had not the smallest remorse or compunction for the victim whom her tongue was immolating; nay, very likely thought her act was quite meritorious, and plumed herself upon her resolute manner of performing it.
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