sacrificial

adjective
sac·ri·fi·cial | \ ˌsa-krə-ˈfi-shəl \

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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sacrificially \ˌsa-krə-ˈfi-shə-lē \ adverb

Examples of sacrificial in a Sentence

their sacrificial acts of self-denial

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And sacrificial victims earned a special, honored place in the afterlife. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 And that way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love changes lives. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Bishop Michael Curry's sermon -- the full text," 19 May 2018 However, our sacrificial toilet from the hardware store fared excellently when coated with the stuff. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 The emphasis on the Mass’ sacrificial character continued until the Second Vatican Council in 1962-5, which sought to restore the sense of banquet as well. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "The Battle Over Who Can Take Communion," 29 June 2018 Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive. Luke Darby, GQ, "Bishop Michael Curry’s Sermon Stole the Show at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Finally, Rambam echoes the Gemara, which states that Ezra designed the prayer service to correspond to the standard sacrificial service offered in the Temple. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Why do we pray with a set text?," 2 July 2018 Death, however, was just the start of the victim's role in the sacrificial ritual, key to the spiritual world of the Mexica people in the 14th to the 16th centuries. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 Set within the rock formation of Bukkekjerka, an old Sami sacrificial site found on the island of Andøya, is a sculptural pavilion formed by a swooping slab of concrete that angles upward before folding down. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Concrete rest stop mimics its rocky site," 11 June 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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