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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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 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. Lyndsey Matthews, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reverend Michael Curry Electrified the Royal Wedding With a Moving Sermon," 19 May 2018 When love is the way - unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive. Fox News, "Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address," 19 May 2018 When love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Royal wedding: 10 quotes from the Most Rev. Michael Curry's powerful sermon," 19 May 2018 When love is the way -- unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Bishop Michael Curry's sermon -- the full text," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of sacrificial

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sacrificial was in 1607

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sacrificial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sacrificial

: of, relating to, or involving sacrifice

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