Definition of self-immolation in US English:



  • 1The action of setting fire to oneself, especially as a form of protest or sacrifice.

    ‘70 people died in the unrest, mainly by gunfire and self-immolation’
    • ‘In Uzbekistan, government records show that 17 of the 205 suicides in the first half of 2002 involved self-immolation by women.’
    • ‘There are other forms of self-immolation, less instantaneous and less spectacular, to which doctors may not contribute.’
    • ‘Among the suicide cases, 61 hanged themselves, 12 took insecticides, one slit the wrists, another one jumped to death, while one committed suicide by self-immolation.’
    • ‘The number of recorded suicides, especially self-immolation, has shot up among young women.’
    • ‘Over the past several years, experts say, this kind of defiance has been accompanied by an even more dangerous form of protest: suicide by self-immolation.’
    • ‘The farmer threatened self-immolation if their money was not returned within three days.’
    • ‘In 2001 there were again serious protests and arrests; a female member of the religion reportedly committed self-immolation to protest against restrictions on religious freedom.’
    • ‘The delegation found that there had been 56 recent cases of death by self-immolation, 52 of them by women.’
    • ‘The death by self-immolation of a 19-year-old student in Prague in protest against conditions in the Czech Republic has shaken that country.’
    • ‘As news of the incident spread, hundreds of worshippers started flocking to offer prayers at the place of her self-immolation.’
    • ‘Men can carp on until the only way out appears to be an act of self-immolation or some other equally interesting sacrifice.’
    • ‘Demonstrations, self-immolation, and an active underground press became the primary means of resistance.’
    self-destruction, taking one's own life, self-murder, self-slaughter, felo de se
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    1. 1.1 The action of destroying or causing serious harm to oneself.
      ‘he dimmed his presidential hopes through verbal self-immolation in the pages of the National Journal’



/ˈˌself ˌiməˈlāSHən/