- to sacrifice; esp., to offer or kill as a sacrifice
- to kill or destroy, as by burning
Origin of immolate; from 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 immolare, immolat-, to sacrifice, sprinkle with sacrificial meal : in-, on; see in–2 + mola, meal, millstone; see mel&schwa;- 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”).