I promise this isn't as weird as it sounds. I've tried a bit of Googling but I can't find anything that works well.

I'm looking for a single word for a pyromaniac that burns people alive. The question, What is the Single Word for Burning Alive? it told me about the word "immolation" which is the verb for burning people alive (usually in ritual sacrifices). But I can't find a noun for the person who does it. I would also be fine with some kind of religious term for the priest who performs a burning sacrifice. If all else fails, it can be the person who sacrifices animals if there isn't a word for people.

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    You don't like "immolator"?
    – Hellion
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 17:53
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    Immolate just means sacrifice (usually, by ritual slaughter). It has no special association with burning alive as opposed to any other way of killing the "victim, offering". Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 17:56
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    @FumbleFingers: immolate meaning 2 = "to kill or destroy often by fire"; for me, the "by fire" is a key portion of the meaning.
    – Hellion
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 17:58
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    @Cerberus Are you sure about those words? I find no mention of them on OED and no Google search results either.
    – user116295
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 18:15
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    @Cerberus a source would be appreciated Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 18:19

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Not really a word, a word, but Immolator would be a good one. As in Vlad the Impalor let me introduce you to Steve the Immolator.

Related: The Romans had some interesting Latin terms

  • Jesus Christ the Romans where awesome. "... the Christian, stripped naked, was forced to put on a garment called the tunica molesta, made of papyrus, smeared on both sides with wax, and was then fastened to a high pole, from the top of which they continued to pour down burning pitch and lard, a spike fastened under the chin preventing the excruciated victim from turning the head to either side, so as to escape the liquid fire, until the whole body, and every part of it, was literally clad and cased in flame." Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 18:21
  • @KristinaLopez It's from the article linked in the answer. Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 19:01
  • Tunica molesta is Latin for "annoying shirt" Commented Jan 29, 2016 at 6:25

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