Self-immolation

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Thích Quảng Đức's self-immolation during the Buddhist crisis

Self-immolation is the act of killing oneself, either for political or religious reasons, by burning. It is often used as an extreme form of protest or in acts of martyrdom.

Self-immolation "setting oneself on fire, especially as a form of protest" was first recorded in Lady Morgan's France (1817).[1][2]

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  1. The Oxford English Dictionary, 2009, 2nd ed., v. 4.0, Oxford University Press.
  2. immolate, Oxford Dictionaries.