AskDefine | Define immolate

Dictionary Definition

immolate v : offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction; "The Aztecs immolated human victims"; "immolate the valuables at the temple"

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English

Etymology

from Latin immolare 'to sprinkle with sacrificial grits'

Verb

  1. to kill as a sacrifice
  2. to destroy, especially by fire

Related terms

self-immolation

Italian

Verb

immolate
  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, immolare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, immolare#Italian|immolare

Extensive Definition

Immolation (Latin immolare "to sacrifice", originally "to sprinkle with sacrificial meal" (mola salsa), English since the 16th c.) may refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

annihilate, appease, bereave of life, carry away, carry off, chloroform, cut down, cut off, deprive of life, destroy, dispatch, dispose of, do away with, do for, do to death, end, execute, exterminate, finish, finish off, immolate before, kill, launch into eternity, liquidate, lynch, make away with, make propitiation, make sacrifice to, martyr, martyrize, offer sacrifice, poison, propitiate, purge, put away, put down, put to death, put to sleep, remove from life, sacrifice, slay, starve, take life, take off, victimize
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