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

Other Words from sacrificial

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

Examples of sacrificial in a Sentence

their sacrificial acts of self-denial
Recent Examples on the Web This sacrificial portion was then called the challah. Benjamin, Longreads, 20 May 2022 The Swedes had no sacrificial justification to build the same cars and fiercely resist change from the late 1970s all throughout the early 1990s. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 14 May 2022 Marianismo, the counter to Machismo, encourages women to strive to emulate the Virgin Mary by being self-sacrificial for the family. Jasmine Rangel,, 5 Apr. 2022 The Gospel is radical and shows us the possibilities of self-sacrificial love. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 4 Apr. 2022 In the Oxford dictionary, the technical definition of sacrificial is something designed to be used up or destroyed in fulfilling a purpose or function. Isis Dallis, Quartz, 21 Apr. 2022 These rare anthromorphic carvings are some of the oldest artistic expressions in the Middle East, and the team says that the altar and associated hearth suggest that they were likely used for sacrificial offerings. CNN, 24 Feb. 2022 The portion of Tzav continues its discussion of the sacrificial service. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 14 Mar. 2022 Lake Charles and Cameron are sacrificial land for these industries. Longreads, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sacrificial

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2022

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“Sacrificial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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