• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-sacrifice acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-sacrifice The act of sacrificing one's self, or one's interest, for others; self-devotion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-sacrifice Sacrifice of what commonly constitutes the happiness of life for the sake of duty or other high motive; the preference for altruistic over egotistical considerations. The sacrifice of the happiness of one's life to an ignoble passion, or to any mere transient motive, is not called self-sacrifice.
    • n self-sacrifice Synonyms Austerity, Asceticism, etc. (see self-denial), self-abnegation, self-forgetfulness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-sacrifice the act of yielding up one's life, interests, &c. for others
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  • T. S. Eliot
    “The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.”
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    “Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.”
  • Sir Henry Taylor
    Sir Henry Taylor
    “He who gives what he would as readily throw away, gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self sacrifice.”
  • Leigh Hunt
    “Great woman belong to history and to self sacrifice.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

This is the meaning of redemption; it is the salvation of men through a divine self-sacrifice.
"The Church and Modern Life" by Washington Gladden
His was a life of perpetual self-sacrifice.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
The central notion of sacrifice is the surrender of self.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry
Achievement is for most boys and girls of greater significance than self-sacrifice.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Is not such lying as this a self-desecration, if you will; but still more a strange, sweet self-sacrifice in the service of truth?
"Robert Browning" by Edward Dowden
Idealism, self-sacrifice, con true nobility of character, where are these, in you?
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
This self-sacrifice was her perverse pleasure.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
We don't expect self-sacrifice, we do not beg for gratitude, But keep an interested eye, my dear, upon your attitude.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, VOL. 100. Feb. 28, 1891" by Various
Can Poets deem Self-sacrifice a fading dream?
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, March 28, 1891" by Various
He spent so many vigils similar to this that the self-sacrifice entailed in them never struck either him or those he served.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida

In poetry:

It is not wisdom, wit, nor worth,
Self-sacrifice nor friendship true,
Makes venal devotees of earth
Prostrate themselves and worship you.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
For truth must live with truth, self-sacrifice
Seek out its great allies;
Good must find good by gravitation sure,
And love with love endure.
"Within The Gate" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The sacrifice the Lord ordained
In type of the Redeemer's blood,
Self-righteous reas'ning Cain disdained,
And thought his own first-fruits as good.
"Cain And Abel" by John Newton
Raiment of needle-work; delicate skill
In twining the threads of the heart and the will;
Sweet tempers, kind offices, gentle wise words,
Daily self-sacrifice, likest her Lord's.
"The Bride's Veil - (Psalm XLV. 15)." by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Yet — if thine own unworthiness
Will still that thou art mine, not hers confess—
Consume thy self with fire before her eyes,
And so her grace or pity move:
The gods, though beasts they do not love,
Yet like them when they 're burnt in sacrifice.
"Written In Juice Of Lemon" by Abraham Cowley

In news:

With heavy riffs, self-medication and talks of sacrifice, you're forgiven for thinking Rainbows Are Free originates from the swaggering '70s.
it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
The Leader may have allowed his own extrajudicial murder not for self-sacrifice but for the unsavory purposes of "Little People" who, in this alternate world (1984 with a Q for question) menace humans, particularly prepubescent girls.
Self-discipline strategist Rory Vaden describes this concept as The Paradox Principle of Sacrifice.
It takes a lot of work and self-sacrifice, often setting their comforts and preferences aside to minister to the growing child whose needs and wants usually become more varied and urgent during adolescence .
It draws more tourists than any attraction in the state, with its 1836 story burnished by Hollywood and a reputation as a monument to lessons of courage and self-sacrifice.
Bluffton gathers to remember ' bravery and self-sacrifice'.
It takes discipline, foresight, and self-sacrifice.
It draws more tourists than any other attraction in the state, with its 1836 story burnished by Hollywood and a reputation as a monument to lessons of courage and self-sacrifice.
The bravery and self-sacrifice of a man who wraps himself in Pip 's identity rules New Zealand author Lloyd Jones' incendiary story line.
Ten years of bloodshed, fear and self-sacrifice came to a sullen close at 8:46 am Sunday with a single tap on a silver bell watched by a silent crowd of thousands.
How did humans develop a moral sense and why do people engage in self-sacrifice and altruism.
The untold story of the self-sacrifice and bravery of the ship's engineers, stokers and firemen.