from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To kill as a sacrifice.
- transitive v. To kill (oneself) by fire.
- transitive v. To destroy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to kill as a sacrifice
- v. to destroy, especially by fire
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To sacrifice; to offer in sacrifice; to kill, as a sacrificial victim.
- transitive v. To destroy by fire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To kill as a sacrificial victim; offer in sacrifice; make a sacrifice of.
- Synonyms See sacrifice, v.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction
Historically, the word immolate had been used by Fathers and theologians of the Church to refer to the eucharist as a commemoration of the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ.
The same day the commune applauds the deputies of a section, which "in warm terms" denounce before it the tardiness of justice and declare to it that the people will "immolate" the prisoners in their prisons (Moniteur, Nov. 10, 1793, Narrative of Pétion).
'60s much as they do not now ... did want to "immolate" American style, coolness and in point of fact America itself.
Just before our arrival the driver decided to pour a gallon of petrol over his head and immolate himself.
A pizza oven at a true pizza cooking temp would probably immolate a truck …
Richard Hammond left his computer team behind in London, fiddling with a confusing virtual Earth, to help film genuinely terrifying footage of a scientist climbing the "safe" outer wall to "put some fresh lava in a science flask", like a year-four project, before realising he was about to immolate and running away like a gurl in a white suit, as the world would.
But he is content to let the children in the city he lords over immolate.
But where did this siege mentality come from, why is it so fervent, how long will it last -- and the biggest question of all: Will the movement self-immolate, or will it keep spreading its scorched-earth rebellion?
After delivering an oration over the body, the creature vows to immolate his own body at the North Pole, and springs out the window onto the ice: "He was soon borne away by the waves, and lost in darkness and distance"
His conscience, anyway his feeling of guilt, is his shirt of Nessus, the mythical garment that was a gift to Hercules but which when donned burst into unquenchable flame and adhered to his back until the agony caused Hercules to immolate himself on a funeral pyre.