transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin immolatus, past participle of immolare to sprinkle with meal before sacrificing, sacrifice, from in- + mola sacrificial barley cake, literally, millstone; akin to Latin molere to grind — more at meal Date: 15th century 1. to offer in sacrifice; especially to kill as a sacrificial victim 2. to kill or destroy often by fire • immolator noun

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  • Immolate — Im mo*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Immolated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Immolating}.] [L. immolatus, p. p. of immolare to sacrifice, orig., to sprinkle a victim with sacrifical meal; pref. im in + mola grits or grains of spelt coarsely ground and mixed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • immolate — (v.) 1540s, to sacrifice, kill as a victim, from L. immolatus, pp. of immolare to sacrifice, originally to sprinkle with sacrificial meal, from assimilated form of in into, in, on, upon (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + mola (salsa) (sacrificial) meal,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • immolate — ► VERB ▪ kill or offer as a sacrifice, especially by burning. DERIVATIVES immolation noun. ORIGIN Latin immolare sprinkle with sacrificial meal , from mola meal …   English terms dictionary

  • immolate — [im′ə lāt΄] vt. immolated, immolating [< L immolatus, pp. of immolare, to sprinkle a victim with sacrificial meal < in , on + mola, MEAL2] 1. to sacrifice; esp., to offer or kill as a sacrifice 2. to kill or destroy immolation n. immolator… …   English World dictionary

  • immolate — UK [ˈɪməleɪt] / US [ˈɪməˌleɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms immolate : present tense I/you/we/they immolate he/she/it immolates present participle immolating past tense immolated past participle immolated very formal to kill someone by burning… …   English dictionary

  • immolate — Synonyms 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… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • immolate — /ˈɪməleɪt / (say imuhlayt) verb (t) (immolated, immolating) 1. to sacrifice. 2. to kill as a sacrificial victim; offer in sacrifice. –phrase 3. immolate oneself, to practise self immolation. {Latin immolātus, past participle, sacrificed,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • immolate — immolator, n. /im euh layt /, v.t., immolated, immolating. 1. to sacrifice. 2. to kill as a sacrificial victim, as by fire; offer in sacrifice. 3. to destroy by fire. [1540 50; < L immolatus, ptp. of immolare to sprinkle with holy meal prior to… …   Universalium

  • immolate — verb /ˈɪm.əʊ.leɪt,ˈɪm.ə.leɪt,ˈɪm.ə.leɪt/ a) to kill as a sacrifice b) to destroy, especially by fire …   Wiktionary

  • immolate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. exterminate, sacrifice (see idolatry). II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To offer as a sacrifice: sacrifice, victimize. See GIVE, RELIGION …   English dictionary for students

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