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immolation n : killing or offering as a sacrifice

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  1. The act of immolating, or the state of being immolated, or sacrificed.
  2. That which is immolated; a sacrifice.

Extensive Definition

Immolation (Latin immolare "to sacrifice", originally "to sprinkle with sacrificial meal" (mola salsa), English since the 16th c.) may refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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