Is there any single word substitute for 'Burning Alive'? We've Behead for 'Cut off the head'. Similar way, What is the Single word equivalent for 'Burning Alive' If any?
The word immolation has this sense (among others):
- To kill (an animal, for instance) as a religious sacrifice.
- To kill, especially by fire: "[The soldiers] are crushed under rocks, pierced by bullets, immolated by flamethrowers" (A.O. Scott).
The usual term for this is immolation, derived from the verb immolate:
Kill or offer as a sacrifice, especially by burning
Chinese kings would immolate vast numbers of animals
When her father - who did not accept Shiva, ever - publicly humiliated her beloved at the ritual, Sati immolated herself in the sacrificial fire, desecrating it.
In the old days, the priests used to immolate their sacrifices at the shrine of Huitzilopochti on top of the temple mayor of Tenochtitlan, but we're more civilised than that.
Madri immolates herself on her husband's funeral pyre.
(Definition and examples from Oxforddictionaries.com)
Ignore everything I'm about to say! I made a mistake.
I'm pretty sure the word is simply "burning" (used in context). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_(disambiguation) Having looked around, no other term is used for the executory incineration of a human. It wouldn't be too hard to Google this kind of question.
And ignore this, too.
Edit: I have to give respect to Erik Kowal for "Immolation." However, understand that immolation is used in the sense of "self-immolation." Execution by fire is not immolation.
More respect to Erik Kowal. He's a boss.
The traditional word for this is immolate. While this can theoretically mean other types of death, it is nowadays usually understood to involve burning.
During the English Reformation "heretics" were burned at the stake. That means they were tied to a stake and a fire lit beneath them.
I have never heard any other term, such as immolation used in connection with these executions.
If you go to this YouTube clip you will see the historian Professor David Starkey demonstrating this process to a class of sixth formers (aged 16-18), attending Jamie's (Oliver) Dream School, for children who have hitherto failed. It is not done in a morbid or frightening way, and it is very interesting.