sacrifice

Definitions

  • the Representation of The Lord Ti Assisting At The Preliminaries of the Sacrifice and Offerings
    the Representation of The Lord Ti Assisting At The Preliminaries of the Sacrifice and Offerings
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sacrifice kill or destroy "The animals were sacrificed after the experiment","The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"
    • v sacrifice make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
    • v sacrifice endure the loss of "He gave his life for his children","I gave two sons to the war"
    • v sacrifice sell at a loss
    • n sacrifice (baseball) an out that advances the base runners
    • n sacrifice the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
    • n sacrifice the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
    • n sacrifice personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)
    • n sacrifice a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value "he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Queen Shakes the Sistrum While The King Offers The Sacrifice The Queen Shakes the Sistrum While The King Offers The Sacrifice
A GREEK SACRIFICE A GREEK SACRIFICE
ANCIENT SACRIFICE ANCIENT SACRIFICE
ABEL'S SACRIFICE ABEL'S SACRIFICE
Another Lenten Sacrifice Another Lenten Sacrifice
Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice
A DOMESTIC SACRIFICE A DOMESTIC SACRIFICE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Certain female species of spiders such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source for their offspring
    • Sacrifice A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
    • Sacrifice Anything consecrated and offered to God, or to a divinity; an immolated victim, or an offering of any kind, laid upon an altar, or otherwise presented in the way of religious thanksgiving, atonement, or conciliation. "Moloch, horrid king, besmeared with blood
      Of human sacrifice ."
      "My life, if thou preserv'st my life,
      Thy sacrifice shall be."
    • Sacrifice Destruction or surrender of anything for the sake of something else; devotion of some desirable object in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim deemed more pressing; hence, also, the thing so devoted or given up; as, the sacrifice of interest to pleasure, or of pleasure to interest.
    • Sacrifice Hence, to destroy, surrender, or suffer to be lost, for the sake of obtaining something; to give up in favor of a higher or more imperative object or duty; to devote, with loss or suffering. "Condemned to sacrifice his childish years
      To babbling ignorance, and to empty fears."
      "The Baronet had sacrificed a large sum . . . for the sake of . . . making this boy his heir."
    • Sacrifice The offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite. "Great pomp, and sacrifice , and praises loud,
      To Dagon."
    • Sacrifice To destroy; to kill.
    • Sacrifice To make an offering of; to consecrate or present to a divinity by way of expiation or propitiation, or as a token acknowledgment or thanksgiving; to immolate on the altar of God, in order to atone for sin, to procure favor, or to express thankfulness; as, to sacrifice an ox or a sheep. "Oft sacrificing bullock, lamb, or kid."
    • v. i Sacrifice To make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed on the altar; to offer sacrifice. "O teacher, some great mischief hath befallen
      To that meek man, who well had sacrificed ."
    • Sacrifice To sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sacrifice The offering of anything to a deity; a consecratory rite.
    • n sacrifice That which is sacrificed; specifically, that which is consecrated and offered to a deity as an expression of thanksgiving, consecration, penitence, or reconciliation. See offering.
    • n sacrifice The destruction, surrender, or giving up of some prized or desirable thing in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim considered more pressing; the loss incurred by devotion to some other person or interest; also, the thing so devoted or given up.
    • n sacrifice Surrender or loss of profit.
    • sacrifice To make an offering or sacrifice of; present as an expression of thanksgiving, consecration, penitence, or reconciliation.
    • sacrifice To surrender, give up, or suffer to be lost or destroyed for the sake of something else.
    • sacrifice To dispose of regardless of gain or advantage.
    • sacrifice Synonyms Sacrifice, Immolate. By the original meaning, sacrifice might apply to offerings of any sort, but immolate only to sacrifices of life: this distinction still continues, except that, as most sacrifices have been the offering of life, sacrifice has come to mean that presumably. It has taken on several figurative meanings, while immolate has come to seem a strong word, especially appropriate to the offering of a large number of lives or of a valuable life. Immolation is naturally for propitiation, while sacrifice may be for that or only for worship.
    • sacrifice To offer up a sacrifice; make offerings to a deity, especially by the slaughter and burning of victims, or of some part of them, on an altar.
    • sacrifice In base-ball, to make a fair hit, so as to advance a base-runner, while giving the opportunity to put out the batter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Sacrifice sak′ri-fīs to offer up, esp. on the altar of a divinity: to destroy or give up for something else: to devote or destroy with loss or suffering: to kill
    • v.i Sacrifice to make offerings to God
    • n Sacrifice the fundamental institution of all natural religions, primarily a sacramental meal at which the communicants are a deity and his worshippers, and the elements the flesh and blood of a sacred victim: the act of sacrificing or offering to a deity, esp. a victim on an altar: that which is sacrificed or offered: destruction or loss of anything to gain some object: that which is given up, destroyed, or lost for some end: mere loss of profit
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Quotations

  • Leigh Hunt
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    “Great woman belong to history and to self sacrifice.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.”
  • Charlie Finley
    Charlie Finley
    “Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.”
  • Nadine Gordimer
    Nadine%20Gordimer
    “There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”
  • Ernest Renan
    Ernest%20Renan
    “As soon as sacrifice becomes a duty and necessity to mankind. I see no limit to the horizon which opens before him.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sacrifise, sacrifice, F. sacrifice, fr. L. sacrificium,; sacer, sacred + facere, to make. See Sacred, and Fact

Usage

In literature:

If they said sacrifice, they would sacrifice you; but if they thought you a god, you would be treated with great honor.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
The king was unwilling to sacrifice Haugwitz, Beyme, and Lombard to you, and hence you withdraw from the service.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Carthaginians, in worshipping Saturn, offered up human sacrifices to him.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Economic loss entailed by sacrifices to the dead.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
This seems likely from the fact that the sacrifice was by fire as in the other places where the Devil used the goat-disguise.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
It meant a new set of self-sacrifices.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
But my life was wellnigh a sacrifice to yours.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Life is sacrifice, renunciation: true life is dependence on God.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
The Sudras were excluded and could take no part in sacrifices.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
The followers of the great Legist Abu Hanifa render it, "sacrifice," and add the words (the "victims").
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
True glory can only be attained in earth or heaven through self-sacrifice.
"Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife" by Charles Kingsley
He shares with the latter the honor of invocations and sacrifices at such critical moments.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
My other sacrifice, of course, you do not understand.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
I may almost sacrifice my love, but I am true, ever true to my country.
"Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion" by St. George Tucker
THE sacrifice for the redemption of the world was accomplished.
"Mary, Help of Christians" by Various
My marriage has demanded the sacrifice of our friendship.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
He is ruled by a passion to which he brings the rest as sacrifices.
"The Ego and His Own" by Max Stirner
With a bored laugh he made the sacrifice and took her to the concert.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
For the Aztecs pushed the superstitious practice of human sacrifice to absolute frenzy.
"Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by the Native Religions of Mexico and Peru" by Albert Réville
Make me the sacrifice of the pride which prevents you from speaking the conciliating word.
"Too Rich" by Adolph Streckfuss
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In poetry:

Wound us with love, pierce us with longing, make
Our souls thy sacrifices; turn and take
Our hearts for our sin-offerings lest they break,
And mould them with thine hands and give them might.
"A Year's Burden -- 1870" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Mighty Love demands his crown
Now for all his sufferings done;
For all Love's tears, for all his sighs,
Thyself must be the sacrifice.
Virgin, brighter than the day,
Haste from thy chamber, come away!
"Epithalamium" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
Help us that we may not deny
Our brotherhood in hour of strife;
When swords shall from their scabbards fly,
And great the sacrifice of life,
May we in pity o'er them bend,
And help to wounded foe extend.
"Father Of Universal Man" by Joseph Horatio Chant
To Thee, meek Majesty, soft King
Of simple graces and sweet loves!
Each of us his lamb will bring,
Each his pair of silver doves!
At last, in fire of Thy fair eyes,
Ourselves become our own best sacrifice!
"Verses From The Shepherds' Hymn" by Richard Crashaw
POLONIA. To Thee, O Lord, my spirit climbs,
To Thee from every lonely hill
I burn to sacrifice my will
A thousand and a thousand times.
And such my boundless love to Thee
I wish each will of mine a living soul could be.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
But chief 'twere sweet to think such life
(Though but escape from fortune's strife),
Something most matchless good and wise,
A great and grateful sacrifice;
And deem each hour to musing given
A step upon the road to heaven.
"Marmion: Introduction to Canto II." by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

When you dream big and you're willing to make sacrifices, anything is possible, as this young couple discover.
Her eight-step program doesn't ask readers to sacrifice lattes or pedicures to save the environment.
But if you think that you have to sacrifice your healthy diet on Thanksgiving, think again.
With heavy riffs, self-medication and talks of sacrifice, you're forgiven for thinking Rainbows Are Free originates from the swaggering '70s.
There is evidently no limit to the sacrifices actors will make for their art.
it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice.
CANNIBALISM, HEADHUNTING AND HUMAN SACRIFICE IN NORTH AMERICA: A History Forgotten, by George Franklin Feldman 249 pages, illustrated.
But at the same time, those customers are not willing to sacrifice quality.
The "Celebrating Moms" series of commercials by Proctor & Gamble during Olympic coverage is a tear-jerking ode to sacrifices mothers make to support their kids' athletic careers.
You don't have to sacrifice the traditional smoky punch of this Cajun favorite just because you're short on time.
The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice Aboard the USS Samuel B Roberts.
Bluffton gathers to remember ' bravery and self-sacrifice'.
This time of year is one where we celebrate our collective Independence and reflect on the sacrifices that make it possible.
Some from the same states, and how these families now have to deal with their ultimate sacrifice.
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In science:

As we argue … non-uniqueness does not let the time travel paradoxes into general relat ivity — whatever happens in a causal region, a space-time always can evo lve so that to avoid any paradoxes (at the sacrifice of the time machine at a pinch).
The Universal Arrow of Time III-IV:(Part III) Nonquantum gravitation theory (Part IV) Quantum gravitation theory
Their measurements were taken in vitro within one hour of sacrifice of the animals.
Towards a Quantitative, Metabolic Theory for Mammalian Sleep
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