self-sacrificing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-sacrificing willing to deprive yourself
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-sacrificing Yielding up one's own interest, feelings, etc; sacrificing one's self.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-sacrificing Yielding up one's own selfish interest, feelings, etc.; sacrificing one's egotistical to one's altruistic desires.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Self-sacrificing yielding, or disposed to yield, up one's life, interests, &c
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Quotations

  • Jessie Hill
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    “I'm not a self-made man. I cannot forget those who have sacrificed for me to get where I am today.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one's self to the absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

He is always so thoughtful and self-sacrificing, and it's more than good of him to spare his wife to nurse Mrs. Avory.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
We do no self-sacrificing thing without fruit.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Our Ruth is the most self-sacrificing woman, I ever knew.
"'Our guy'" by Mrs. E. E. Boyd
The bitter trials and hardships of the Servians have made them brave, heroic and self-sacrificing.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
They are noble and self-sacrificing friends, and they carry out all their undertakings.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
The imaginary Esther was all sympathy; she was even self-sacrificing.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
He's too sweet and self-sacrificing for words, poor lamb!
"The War-Workers" by E.M. Delafield
The Cross has been at once the apotheosis and the source of self-sacrificing love.
"My Path to Atheism" by Annie Besant
The women are tremendously patriotic and self-sacrificing, and they seem to be throwing themselves heart and soul into the war.
"Music-Study in Germany" by Amy Fay
Her art, her friends, and her very self-respect, are being sacrificed to that one ambition.
"Polly and Her Friends Abroad" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Here was the same self-sacrificing spirit, the same love of liberty.
"The Jew" by Joseph Ignatius Kraszewski
I call to mind two able and Spirit-filled missionaries who spent two years in self-sacrificing labors among the natives of Africa.
"South and South Central Africa" by H. Frances Davidson
It is a hard trial; but she is so self-sacrificing she tries to like it because it is duty.
"Louisa May Alcott" by Louisa May Alcott
That is very fine, but I am not so self-sacrificing!
"Frédérique; vol. 1" by Charles Paul de Kock
She was certainly the most self-sacrificing of any woman that I ever knew.
"Memoirs of Mrs. Rebecca Steward" by T. G. Steward
Louis of Bavaria had sacrificed his self-respect and the woman he loved to wear the crown a few years longer.
"Lola Montez" by Edmund B. d'Auvergne
For animal mothers early wear out their zealously self-sacrificing love for their young.
"Lad: A Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune
They gave up all, sacrificed all, lost all but truth and self-respect.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
AS he kinder, more forgiving, more self-sacrificing than Buddha?
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 3 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
But, at the moment of open class war, they, to a greater or lesser degree, followed the self-sacrificing minority.
"Dictatorship vs. Democracy" by Leon Trotsky
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In poetry:

The peace which earth hath never given,
The pure, self-sacrificing love,
The joy which flows alone from heaven,
The silent bliss, like summer's even,
The hope which has its shrine above;—
"Summer: Wednesday Morning" by John Bowring
He must not look at the dawning day,
Or watch the rising moon;
From the little feet, so white, so fleet,
He must turn his eyes away;
And the flowers and the faces he must pass by
With stern self-sacrificing eye.
"A Ballad of Too Much Beauty" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Brave 's Tomboy Princess A story of a rebellious girl and her mother's self-sacrificing love.
Bow Stickers are self-adhesive and made of paper so they can be recycled, allowing gift-givers an eco-friendly alternative to decorating presents without sacrificing the puff (12-pack, $2.99.
These unappreciated professionals are dedicated, self-sacrificing and compassionate, yet their pay and benefits barely rise above the threshold of most janitorial jobs.
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In science:

Approaches which are used to describe self-dual f ields could be generically divided into two categories: ones which sacrif ice covariance in favor of manifest duality, and manifestly covariant approaches.
Duality-Symmetric Approach to General Relativity and Supergravity
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