sacrificial

adjective
sac·​ri·​fi·​cial | \ ˌsa-krə-ˈfi-shəl How to pronounce sacrificial (audio) \

Definition of sacrificial

1 : of, relating to, of the nature of, or involving sacrifice
2 : of or relating to a metal that serves as an anode which is electrolytically consumed instead of another metal that is present

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Other Words from sacrificial

sacrificially \ ˌsa-​krə-​ˈfi-​shə-​lē How to pronounce sacrificially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of sacrificial in a Sentence

their sacrificial acts of self-denial

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Coolers: Dos and Don’ts Pre-chill cooler with sacrificial ice or ice pack—things will stay cold longer. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Soft Coolers for Any Outing," 25 June 2019 When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry?," 5 Dec. 2018 Deeper inside lies a find unearthed during the 2010 season: a royal tomb containing the remains of the El Zotz dynasty’s founder, alongside exquisite ceramics and the bones of sacrificial children. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry?," 5 Dec. 2018 When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry?," 5 Dec. 2018 When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry?," 5 Dec. 2018 The RemoveDEBRIS system will undergo one more test after this, placing itself on the sacrificial altar of science. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Space Junk Harpoon Complete a Successful Test Shot," 15 Feb. 2019 When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry?," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of sacrificial

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sacrificial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sacrificial

: of, relating to, or involving sacrifice

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