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immolation

[im-uh-ley-shuh n] /ˌɪm əˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of immolating.
2.
the state of being immolated.
3.
a sacrifice.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin immolātiōn- (stem of immolātiō) offering, sacrifice. See immolate, -ion
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  • Gluttons for attention, the two share a rare talent at self-promotion, self-delusion and self-immolation.
  • There are other forms of self-immolation, less instantaneous and less spectacular, to which doctors may not contribute.
  • During the sentencing, a disturbance erupted in the courtroom when one of the defendants attempted self-immolation.
Word Origin and History for immolation
n.

early 15c., "a sacrificing" (originally especially with reference to Christ), from Middle French immolation (13c.) or directly from Latin immolationem (nominative immolatio) "a sacrificing," noun of action from past participle stem of immolare (see immolate).

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