What does sacrifice mean?

Definitions for sacrifice
ˈsæk rəˌfaɪssac·ri·fice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forfeit, forfeiture, sacrificenoun

    the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.

  2. sacrificenoun

    personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)

  3. sacrificenoun

    a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value

    "he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice"

  4. sacrifice, ritual killingnoun

    the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity

  5. sacrificeverb

    (baseball) an out that advances the base runners

  6. sacrifice, giveverb

    endure the loss of

    "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"

  7. sacrificeverb

    kill or destroy

    "The animals were sacrificed after the experiment"; "The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"

  8. sacrificeverb

    sell at a loss

  9. sacrificeverb

    make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals


  1. sacrificenoun

    Something sacrificed.

  2. sacrificenoun

    A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.

  3. sacrificeverb

    To offer (something) as a gift to a deity.

  4. sacrificeverb

    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.

  5. sacrificeverb

    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.

  6. sacrificeverb

    To intentionally give up (a piece) in order to improve one's position on the board.

  7. sacrificeverb

    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.

  8. Etymology: From sacrificium, from sacrifico, from sacer, + facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sacrificenoun

    the offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite

  2. Sacrificenoun

    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

  3. Sacrificenoun

    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

  4. Sacrificenoun

    a sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value

  5. Sacrificenoun

    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

  6. Sacrificenoun

    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

  7. Sacrificenoun

    to destroy; to kill

  8. Sacrificenoun

    to sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value

  9. Sacrificeverb

    to make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed on the altar; to offer sacrifice

  10. Etymology: [OE. sacrifise, sacrifice, F. sacrifice, fr. L. sacrificium; sacer sacred + facere to make. See Sacred, and Fact.]


  1. Sacrifice

    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

  1. Sacrifice

    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. sacrificiumsacer, sacred, facĕre, to make.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sacrifice

    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

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sacrifice' in Nouns Frequency: #2815

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrifice in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrifice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sacrifice in a Sentence

  1. Robert Beall:

    Invest the time and the reward will come, but not without sacrifice.

  2. Mullah Samad:

    The authorities praised our hard work, sacrifice and bravery by declaring both me and my nephew Wasil as heroes.

  3. Nadine Gordimer:

    There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.

  4. David Satterfield:

    Is this a big sacrifice for retailers? No. But, symbolically, it's a good step.

  5. Chris Murphy:

    It's important for the President to continue to explain that gas prices are going to remain high so long as this conflict continues. And that ultimately other costs, like food costs, are going to be in the crosshairs. We're not used to having to sacrifice for modern warfare.

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