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Definitions of sacrifice

  1. the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
  2. the act of killing ( an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
  3. sell at a loss
  4. ( in baseball) an out that advances the base runners
  5. personnel that are sacrificed ( e. g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)
  6. a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value; " he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice"
  7. kill or destroy; " The animals were sacrificed after the experiment"; " The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"
  8. make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
  9. endure the loss of; " He gave his life for his children"; " I gave two sons to the war"
  10. ( sacrifice) an out that advances the base runners
  11. The offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To destroy; to kill.
  18. To sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
  19. To make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed on the altar; to offer sacrifice.
  20. The act of offering to God, or to a deity, a victim on an altar; anything offered or consecrated to God; the destroying, losing, or giving up of one thing for another; the thing so destroyed or given up.
  21. To offer to a god in worship; destroy or give up in order to gain some other object; as, to sacrifice health for riches.
  22. To offer a victim on an altar.
  23. Sacrificer.
  24. Sacrificial.
  25. Sacriflcially.
  26. To make offerings to God.
  27. 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.
  28. Act of sacrificing; that which is offered; destruction or loss.
  29. To make offerings.
  30. To offer up; destroy or give up; devote with loss; kill.
  31. To offer as a sacrifice; surrender.
  32. To offer a sacrifice; make an offering.
  33. An offering to a deity, or that which is offered; surrender; loss.
  34. The act of sacrificing; that which is sacrificed; the giving up of one thing for another; that which is so given up.
  35. To offer up, as a victim, to God, by killing and consuming it upon an altar; to give up for something else; to devote with loss; to destroy; to kill.
  36. To offer to God in worship, or to a heathen deity, a slain victim on an altar; to destroy or give up for the sake of something else; to make offerings to God on an altar.

Usage examples for sacrifice

  1. They cannot sell them, so, rather than have them sold at a sacrifice, the brushes were sent on to us. – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  2. But the girl who asked for such a sacrifice- what was she? – Elder Conklin and Other Stories by Frank Harris
  3. But sacrifice comes under religion. – On Prayer and The Contemplative Life by St. Thomas Aquinas
  4. No, I shall go on as I am, even at a sacrifice to myself. – Rainbow's End by Rex Beach
  5. It's not a sacrifice.... – Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  6. Will you sacrifice your entire life without considering well the consequences? – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  7. Yet you weep and cannot sacrifice the present for the future, useful as it may be alike to yourself and to your country. – The Social Cancer A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
  8. No girl need sacrifice her all because some man found her a lost baby and gave her a home. – The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  9. Do you still intend to sacrifice your daughter to that thing? – Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw
  10. Why should she be a sacrifice? – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  11. You spoke of human sacrifice. – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  12. I could not say or sacrifice any more- not even for you! – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  13. You will find a wonderful spirit of self- sacrifice, also. – The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit by Ralph Waldo Trine
  14. And they like dressing one another for the sacrifice. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  15. We can't sacrifice, but maybe she'll hear us just the same. – The Spartan Twins by Lucy (Fitch) Perkins
  16. Still, you have tried the sacrifice again, have you not? – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  17. I had to sacrifice all my own feelings to- save Charlie." – The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum
  18. She was not an old woman, only as work and self- sacrifice had aged her. – The Rustler of Wind River by G. W. Ogden
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