Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Word Wednesday

This is my first Word Wednesday. Each Wednesday I will have a new word to discuss.
immolate \IM-uh-layt\, transitive verb:
1. To sacrifice; to offer in sacrifice; to kill as a sacrificial victim.2. To kill or destroy, often by fire. (
This word really gives me the creeps. On so many levels. The whole idea of being burned to death is bad enough. I’m married to a firefighter so many burning is the worst death possible. He can’t even stand when the fireplace smells like burnt wood.

And to do that to another human being. Well I cannot imagine.

I find this word, even under the second definition, has strong connotations. Destroy is a powerful word.

So my assignment for you is to use immolate in a sentence.


Irene said...

During the war in Vietnam, Buddhist monks chose to immolate themselves with gasoline and fire to protest the unnecessary loss of life.

I have a comment to add to that, but I think it is pretty obvious to everyone, so I won't bother.

Caridad Pineiro said...

The anger burned through him, immolating whatever humanity might have remained in his soul.

Chris Redding said...

Love them both!

Kim Smith said...

Her gaze immolated him until he had to turn away.

Sarah Glenn said...

Why must I immolate my self-esteem to stay in this relationship?

Tracey H. Kitts said...

She knew that they would immolate her and therefore, the witch said her prayers.

Okay, so that's creepy. LOL But, like you pointed out, it's just a creepy word.

Meg said...

I knew my ex was upset over the breakup, but she really got her message across the day she immolated my BMW!

Carol said...
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Carol said...

I didn't intend to immolate our first formal dinner, turn it into a sacrifice to the cooking gods. I just thought the little paper fringe thingies looked cute on the roast hen's drumsticks, that is, until the candles caught them on fire, along with the table cloth and my apron.

Sorry, more than one sentence.

Morgan Mandel said...

Sometimes I'd like to immolate my manuscripts.

Morgan Mandel

Vivian Zabel said...

Fire immolates the dead growth, giving opportunity for life to flourish.

The only thing I can imagine good from fire immolating anything.

Lise said...

My boss was driving me so crazy that I was muttering under my breath that I wanted to take a page from the ancients and immolate him upon a pyre, to which my co-worker responded, "If I were you, I'd set the guy on fire.".

Chris Redding said...

You guys are twisted. All of these are fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Dan ran through the front gate gasping for breath - he knew the deadly consequences of not being on time and feared for his life as he clasped his hands over his heart, dared to look at his blood-hungry nemesis and cried, "Immolate?"

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Leona said...

In medieval times, the religious life, particularly with reference to monks and/or nuns, was often referred to as the immolation of the self in the service of the Deity.