transitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to sacrifice; esp., to offer or kill as a sacrifice
- to kill or destroy, as by burning
Origin of immolatefrom Classical Latin immolatus, past participle of immolare, to sprinkle a victim with sacrificial meal from in-, on + mola, meal
transitive verbim·mo·lat·ed, im·mo·lat·ing, im·mo·lates
- To kill (an animal, for instance) as a religious sacrifice.
- To kill, especially by fire: “[The soldiers] are crushed under rocks, pierced by bullets, immolated by flamethrowers” ( A.O. Scott )
Origin of immolateLatin immolāre immolāt- to sacrifice, sprinkle with sacrificial meal in- on ; see in- 2. mola meal, millstone ; see melə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present immolates, present participle immolating, simple past and past participle immolated)
Borrowed from Latin immolō (“I sacrifice”).