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Definition commit suicide by burning as a protest or sacrifice


offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction
  • The monk self-immolated in protest against China's rule of Tibet.
immolated = committed suicide by burning
  • The Aztecs immolated human victims
  • immolate the valuables at the temple
  • People sitting on the sidewalk in the dawn half immolate and smoking in their clothes. Like failed sectarian suicides.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • immolate = burned as a sacrifice
  • I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • immolation = burning
  • When it was added that man must find joy in self-immolation, the trap was closed.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Or, according to another tradition, at the shore he immolated himself upon a funeral pyre, and birds with multi-colored feathers arose from his ashes.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • I think I'd prefer self-immolation, on a stage perhaps, with all my paintings.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • It leads him to a strange habitation, to a secret infidel apartment, and there, implacable, immolates him, consenting.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A week after Louie had left Omori, sixteen square miles of Tokyo, and tens of thousands of souls, had been immolated by B-29s.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Though he was totally immolated, the drow barely felt warmed by the fire.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • She emptied her blackened pieces into the flames, and motioned me to finish the immolation.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He started off in praise of virtue, duty, and silent immolation, having himself an incredible longing for self-sacrifice that he could not satisfy.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • With a sweep of his cane, the demon destroyed the flowers in an immolation of golden flames.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Malcolm Browne, the AP Saigon bureau chief, was one of the few journalists to witness the immolation of Thich Quang Duc.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • This pilot immolated himself against the USS Bismarck Sea, adjacent to the Lawrence Taylor.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • "Self-immolate," Colin corrected, and then pulled the door shut.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • That was now done, and she had not the power to attempt self-immolation a second time then.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • A spiritual privacy so long intact that its own instinct for preservation had immolated it, its physical phase the strength and fortitude of a man.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • ' The priests concluded that Mr Fukai had run back to immolate himself in the flames.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima

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