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sacrifice

noun sac·ri·fice \ ˈsa-krə-ˌfīs also -fəs or -ˌfīz \

Definition of sacrifice

1 :an act of offering to a deity something precious; especially :the killing of a victim on an altar
2 :something offered in sacrifice
3 a :destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else
b :something given up or lost
  • the sacrifices made by parents
4 :loss
  • goods sold at a sacrifice

Examples of sacrifice in a Sentence

  1. The war required everyone to make sacrifices.

  2. No sacrifice is too great when it comes to her children.

  3. He made many personal sacrifices to provide help to the city's homeless people.

  4. The war required much sacrifice from everyone.

  5. a place where priests performed human sacrifices in ancient rituals

  6. The villagers hoped the gods would accept their sacrifice.

  7. The goat was offered as a sacrifice.

  8. The runner went to second base on a sacrifice.

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Origin and Etymology of sacrifice

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sacrificium, from sacr-, sacer + facere to make — more at do

sacrifice Synonyms

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sacrifice

verb

Definition of sacrifice

sacrificed; sacrificing
transitive verb
1 :to offer as a sacrifice
2 :to suffer loss of, give up, renounce, injure, or destroy especially for an ideal, belief, or end
3 :to sell at a loss
4 :to advance (a base runner) by means of a sacrifice hit
5 :to kill (an animal) as part of a scientific experiment
intransitive verb
1 :to make or perform the rites of a sacrifice
2 :to make a sacrifice hit in baseball

sacrificer

noun

Examples of sacrifice in a Sentence

  1. She's had to sacrifice a lot for her family.

  2. He sacrificed his personal life in order to get ahead in his career.

  3. I want to follow a diet that is healthful without sacrificing taste.

  4. She was able to ask for their help without sacrificing her dignity.

  5. She was willing to suffer, sacrifice, and work for success.

  6. a place where people were sacrificed in ancient rituals

  7. He sacrificed in his first at bat.

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First Known Use of sacrifice

14th century

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SACRIFICE Defined for English Language Learners

sacrifice

noun

Definition of sacrifice for English Language Learners

  • : the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone

  • : an act of killing a person or animal in a religious ceremony as an offering to please a god

  • : a person or animal that is killed in a sacrifice


sacrifice

verb

Definition of sacrifice for English Language Learners

  • : to give up (something that you want to keep) especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone

  • : to kill (a person or animal) in a religious ceremony as an offering to please a god

  • baseball : to make a sacrifice bunt


SACRIFICE Defined for Kids

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sacrifice

noun sac·ri·fice \ ˈsa-krə-ˌfīs \

Definition of sacrifice for Students

1 :the act or ceremony of making an offering to God or a god especially on an altar
2 :something offered as a religious act
3 :an act of giving up something especially for the sake of someone or something else
  • We were happy to make a sacrifice of our time to help a friend in need.
4 :something given up especially for the sake of helping others

Word Root of sacrifice

The Latin word sacer, meaning “holy,” and the related word sānctus, also meaning “holy,” give us the roots sacr and sanct. Words from the Latin sacer or sānctus have something to do with holiness. A sanctuary is a holy place. Anything sacred is holy. To sacrifice is to dedicate as a holy offering to a god.


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sacrifice

verb

Definition of sacrifice for Students

sacrificed; sacrificing
1 :to offer or kill as a religious act
  • The ancient ritual involved sacrificing an animal.
2 :to give up (something) especially for the sake of something or someone else
  • They sacrificed their lives for their country.


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