Definitions for sacrificeˈsæk rəˌfaɪs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sac•ri•ficeˈsæk rəˌfaɪs(n.; v.)-ficed, -fic•ing.
(n.)the offering of animal, plant, or human life or of some object to a deity, as in propitiation or homage.
the person, animal, or thing so offered.
the surrender or destruction of something valued for the sake of something having a higher or more pressing claim.
something so surrendered or lost.
a loss incurred in selling something below its value.
Also called sac′rifice bunt`, sac′rifice hit`. a hit or bunted ball in baseball that results in an out for the batter, but allows a runner on base to advance or score.
(v.t.)to make a sacrifice or offering of.
to surrender, give up, permit injury to, or destroy for the sake of something else.
to dispose of (goods, property, etc.) regardless of profit.
to cause the advance of (a base runner) in baseball by a sacrifice.
(v.i.)to offer or make a sacrifice.
to make a sacrifice in baseball.
Origin of sacrifice:
1225–75; < OF < L sacrificium=sacri-, comb. form of sacer sacred +-fic-, comb. form of facere to make, do1
forfeit, forfeiture, sacrifice(noun)
the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)
a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value
"he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice"
sacrifice, ritual killing(noun)
the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
(baseball) an out that advances the base runners
endure the loss of
"He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"
kill or destroy
"The animals were sacrificed after the experiment"; "The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"
sell at a loss
make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sth you give up in order to achieve sth, or the act of doing this
We make many sacrifices for our children.; sacrifice in a time of war
an animal or person killed as an act of worship, or this act of worship
ritual sacrifice; the sacrifice of sheep and deer
to give sth up in order to achieve sth
He was willing to sacrifice his relationship to get to the top.
to kill an animal or person as an act of worship
He sacrificed a lamb to the gods.
A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.
To offer (something) as a gift to a deity.
To give away (something valuable) to get at least a possibility to gain something else of value (such as self-respect, trust, love, freedom, prosperity), or to avoid an even greater loss.
To trade (a value of higher worth) for one of lesser worth in order to gain something else valued more such as an ally or business relationship or to avoid an even greater loss; to sell without profit to gain something other than money.
To intentionally give up (a piece) in order to improve oneu2019s position on the board.
To advance (a runner on base) by batting the ball so it can be caught or fielded, placing the batter out, but with insufficient time to put the runner out.
Origin: From sacrificium, from sacrifico, from sacer, + facio.
the offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite
anything consecrated and offered to God, or to a divinity; an immolated victim, or an offering of any kind, laid upon an altar, or otherwise presented in the way of religious thanksgiving, atonement, or conciliation
destruction or surrender of anything for the sake of something else; devotion of some desirable object in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim deemed more pressing; hence, also, the thing so devoted or given up; as, the sacrifice of interest to pleasure, or of pleasure to interest
a sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value
to make an offering of; to consecrate or present to a divinity by way of expiation or propitiation, or as a token acknowledgment or thanksgiving; to immolate on the altar of God, in order to atone for sin, to procure favor, or to express thankfulness; as, to sacrifice an ox or a sheep
hence, to destroy, surrender, or suffer to be lost, for the sake of obtaining something; to give up in favor of a higher or more imperative object or duty; to devote, with loss or suffering
to destroy; to kill
to sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value
to make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed on the altar; to offer sacrifice
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
anything of value given away to secure the possession of something of still higher value, and which is the greater and more meritorious the costlier the gift.
Translations for sacrifice
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the act of offering something (eg an animal that is specially killed) to a god
A lamb was offered in sacrifice.
- sacrifícioPortuguese (BR)
- das OpferGerman
- 제물로 바치는 일Korean
- upurēšana; ziedošanaLatvian
- offer, ofring, blotNorwegian
- قربانى، حلاله: جارونه، شندنه: تاوان ګالنه، زيانمن ګېدنهPashto
- kurban etmeTurkish
- 獻祭Chinese (Trad.)
- жертвування; жертвопринесенняUkrainian
- خدا کے نام پر کی گئ قربانیUrdu
- sự cúng tế, sự hi sinhVietnamese
- 献祭，供奉Chinese (Simp.)
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