tr.v. im·mo·lat·ed, im·mo·lat·ing, im·mo·lates
1. To kill (an animal, for instance) as a religious sacrifice.
2. To kill, especially by fire: "[The soldiers] are crushed under rocks, pierced by bullets, immolated by flamethrowers" (A.O. Scott).
[Latin immolāre, immolāt-, to sacrifice, sprinkle with sacrificial meal : in-, on; see IN-2 + mola, meal, millstone; see melə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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