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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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 As the statement points out, the ancient inhabitants of Sanxingdui probably wore silk garments during sacrificial ceremonies. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "3,000-Year-Old Gold Mask, Silk Linked to Enigmatic Civilization Found in China," 23 Mar. 2021 Just as terumah, a small portion of every food grown in Israel, must be given to the priest, so is the priest responsible to remove the terumat hadeshen, the last remains of the sacrificial service. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "Tzav parsha: No one is above taking out the garbage," 22 Mar. 2021 Is there a sacrificial structure for antler rubbing that could be built? oregonlive, "Caging tender plants may help prevent deer damage: Ask an expert," 30 Jan. 2021 At its core, Christianity is a sacrificial religion, calling on adherents to deny the pleasures of the flesh and cling to a belief in the unseen. Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, "For These Young Evangelical Activists, Facing the Climate Crisis Is an Act of Faith," 21 Mar. 2021 Now if Heat want to trade Meyers Leonard, who would be sacrificial pawn this time around? Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Should Heat tinker with backcourt at trading deadline?," 16 Mar. 2021 The site has 22 stone chambers, stone walls, a sacrificial tablet and drains. Washington Post, "N.J. man allegedly carved a QAnon hashtag into a centuries-old stone at ‘America’s Stonehenge’," 4 Mar. 2021 That sacrificial silence became fodder for gossip; meanwhile, Lanez has been charged with felony assault for the shooting, and the legal proceedings remain ongoing. Collier Schorr; Styling By Samira Nasr, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Importance of Being Megan Thee Stallion," 19 Feb. 2021 Adams said the factory was apparently built in this area to provide royal rituals with beer, given that archaeologists found evidences showing the use of beer in sacrificial rites of ancient Egyptians. Samy Magdy, ajc, "Egypt: Archaeologists unearth ancient beer factory in Abydos," 13 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sacrificial

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sacrificial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sacrificial

: of, relating to, or involving sacrifice

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