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The offering of oneself as a sacrifice, especially by burning; such suicidal action in the name of a cause or strongly held belief.
self-destruction, taking one's own life, self-murder, self-slaughter, felo de seView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Men can carp on until the only way out appears to be an act of self-immolation or some other equally interesting sacrifice.’
- ‘There are other forms of self-immolation, less instantaneous and less spectacular, to which doctors may not contribute.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Demonstrations, self-immolation, and an active underground press became the primary means of resistance.’
- ‘As news of the incident spread, hundreds of worshippers started flocking to offer prayers at the place of her self-immolation.’
- ‘In Uzbekistan, government records show that 17 of the 205 suicides in the first half of 2002 involved self-immolation by women.’
- ‘The number of recorded suicides, especially self-immolation, has shot up among young women.’
- ‘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 farmer threatened self-immolation if their money was not returned within three days.’
- ‘The delegation found that there had been 56 recent cases of death by self-immolation, 52 of them by women.’
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