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: sacrifice of oneself or one's interest for others or for a cause or ideal

Examples of self-sacrifice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The former is a musical triptych that blends bossa nova influences with blaring synths, further exploring the conflicting feelings of self-preservation and self-sacrifice. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 21 May 2024 One leaflet explained the value of self-sacrifice more explicitly. Michelle Stacey, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2024 That is, after all, the moral imperative at the heart of this particular form of activism: self-sacrifice in the name of a higher political goal. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 8 May 2024 Books Why Some Women Choose Large Families Patrick T. Brown Hannah’s Children stresses religious belief, self-sacrifice, and a willingness to be open to the workings of providence — all out of fashion today. Peter Skerry, National Review, 18 Apr. 2024 All of them came from hard work, genius, and the self-sacrifice of self-experimentation. Rachel Lance, WIRED, 16 Apr. 2024 Our ideas about what being a good girlfriend entails are ingrained in ideals around perpetual selflessness and self-sacrifice. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 13 Mar. 2024 Yet what is becoming clearer is that some sort of primitive collectivity — and, with it, organized self-sacrifices by living things — went on for possibly billions of years before multicellular life arose. Quanta Magazine, 6 Mar. 2024 Floria, less inclined to self-sacrifice, disagrees. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-sacrifice was in 1591

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“Self-sacrifice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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: an unselfish giving over of oneself or one's own interest for others
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