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Definitions for sacrifice
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forfeit, forfeiture, sacrificenoun
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 killingnoun
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
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 one's 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.
Etymology: From sacrificium, from sacrifico, from sacer, + facio.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: sacrifice, French; sacrificium, Latin.
God will ordain religious rites
Of sacrifice. John Milton.
Upon such sacrifice
The gods themselves throw incense. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Go with me like good angels to my end,
And as the long divorce of steel falls on me,
Make of your prayers one sweet sacrifice,
And lift my soul to heav’n. William Shakespeare.
Moloch besmear’d with blood
Of human sacrifice. John Milton.
My life if thou preserv’st, my life
Thy sacrifice shall be;
And death, if death must be my doom,
Shall join my soul to thee. Joseph Addison, Spectator.
Etymology: sacrifier, French; sacrifico, Latin.
Alarbus’ limbs are lopt,
And intrails feed the sacrificing fire. William Shakespeare, Titus Andron.
This blood, like sacrificing Abel’s, cries
To me for justice. William Shakespeare, Richard II.
I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males. Ex. xiii. 15.
Men from the herd or flock
Of sacrificing bullock, lamb, or kid. John Milton.
’Tis a sad contemplation, that we should sacrifice the peace of the church to a little vain curiosity. Decay of Piety.
The breach of this rule, To do as one would be done to, would be contrary to that interest men sacrifice to when they break it. John Locke.
Syphax loves you, and would sacrifice
His life, nay more, his honour, in your service. Addison.
A great genius sometimes sacrifices sound to sense. William Broome.
Condemn’d to sacrifice his childish years
To babbling ign’rance, and to empty fears. Matthew Prior.
To make offerings; to offer sacrifice.
He that sacrificeth of things wrongfully gotten, his offering is ridiculous. Ecclus. xxxiv. 18.
Let us go to sacrifice to the Lord. Ex. iii. 18.
Some mischief is befallen
To that meek man who well had sacrific’d. John Milton.
Sacrifice is the offering of material possessions or the lives of animals or humans to a deity as an act of propitiation or worship. Evidence of ritual animal sacrifice has been seen at least since ancient Hebrews and Greeks, and possibly existed before that. Evidence of ritual human sacrifice can also be found back to at least pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica as well as in European civilizations. Varieties of ritual non-human sacrifices are practiced by numerous religions today.
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
Etymology: [OE. sacrifise, sacrifice, F. sacrifice, fr. L. sacrificium; sacer sacred + facere to make. See Sacred, and Fact.]
Sacrifice is the offering of food, objects or the lives of animals to a higher purpose, in particular divine beings, as an act of propitiation or worship. While sacrifice often implies ritual killing, the term offering can be used for bloodless sacrifices of cereal food or artifacts. For offerings of liquids by pouring, the term libation is used.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sak′ri-fīs, v.t. to offer up, esp. on the altar of a divinity: to destroy or give up for something else: to devote or destroy with loss or suffering: to kill.—v.i. to make offerings to God.—n. the fundamental institution of all natural religions, primarily a sacramental meal at which the communicants are a deity and his worshippers, and the elements the flesh and blood of a sacred victim: the act of sacrificing or offering to a deity, esp. a victim on an altar: that which is sacrificed or offered: destruction or loss of anything to gain some object: that which is given up, destroyed, or lost for some end: mere loss of profit.—n. Sacrif′icant, one who offers a sacrifice.—adj. Sacrif′icātory, offering sacrifice.—n. Sac′rificer, a priest.—adj. Sacrifi′cial, relating to, or consisting in, sacrifice: performing sacrifice.—adv. Sacrifi′cially.—Sacrifice hit, in base-ball, a hit to enable another player to score or to gain a base.—Eucharistic sacrifice, the supposed constant renewal of the sacrifice of Christ in the mass. [O. Fr.,—L. sacrificium—sacer, sacred, facĕre, to make.]
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.
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'sacrifice' in Nouns Frequency: #2815
The numerical value of sacrifice in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of sacrifice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of sacrifice in a Sentence
This time of year always reminds us of the sacrifice of law enforcement and the importance of our mission to honor the fallen, tell the story of American law enforcement, and make it safer for those who serve.
This award means I had the honor of finding Marc Anthony with my public day after day, night after night, i dedicate it to my children for the sacrifice of having a father who travels so much, giving Marc Anthony each night to my fans. He added.
We thank this hard-working jury for their service to the public, their quest for justice, their personal sacrifice of their time and effort. We are not at all upset with them, neither should the public be upset. They did the best that they could.
As of now, there are said to be no official plans to pick up the wedding planning, but the couple, who were recently spotted out together in San Diego where they shared a home, appears to be focused on moving their relationship forward. The news of the couple's reconciliation comes just a few days after the most recent episode of Total Bellas aired on Sunday night. In the episode, while in the middle of planning their vineyard wedding, Nikki Bella and John Cena made the hard decision to call off the wedding while the cameras were rolling. The 34-year-old reality star was captured crying as she explained to John Cena that she wanted to be a mother. I'll never force you not to be a mom, i thought I could really sacrifice that but I just ca n’t.
Mike Lampson and Rodney Sanders:
His kids got stuck in that rip current, josh is the hero. He went out there. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. He gave his life for his kids.
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Translations for sacrifice
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- تضحية, ذَبَحَ, ضَحّى, تArabic
- oferir, sacrifici, sacrificar, sacrificar-seCatalan, Valencian
- oběť, obětovatCzech
- offer, ofreDanish
- opfern, OpferGerman
- θυσιάζω, θυσίαGreek
- sacrificar, sacrificioSpanish
- loovutama, ohverdus, ohverdamaEstonian
- uhrautua, uhrilahja, uhrata, uhrautuminen, uhraus, uhriFinnish
- sacrifice, sacrifierFrench
- ìobairtScottish Gaelic
- sacrificio, sacrificarGalician
- áldozat, feláldozHungarian
- զոհ, զոհաբերություն, զոհաբերելArmenian
- gefa til, fórna, fórnIcelandic
- sacrificare, sacrificioItalian
- 捧げる, 生贄, 犠牲Japanese
- ზვარაკი, შეწირვა, მსხვერპლშეწირვა, გაწირვა, მსხვერპლიGeorgian
- 하다, 희생, 犧牲Korean
- قوربان کردن, پێناوکردن, قوربانی, لهخۆبوردن, فیداکاریKurdish
- sacrificō, sacrificiumLatin
- opoffering, offeren, offerDutch
- ofre, offerNorwegian
- poświęcać, poświęcić, ofiaraPolish
- sacrifício, sacrificarPortuguese
- jertfă, sacrifica, jertfi, sacrificiuRomanian
- пожертвовать, жертвовать, жертва, принести в жертву, приносить в жертвуRussian
- žrtva, жртвовати, žrtvovati, жртваSerbo-Croatian
- obetovať, obetovať sa, obetaSlovak
- žrtvovati, žrtevSlovene
- offra, offerSwedish
- fjtif, kurbanTurkish
- жертва, жертвуватиUkrainian
- 犧牲, hy sinh, sự hy sinhVietnamese
- sacrifyî, ofriWalloon
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