• WordNet 3.6
    • n sake a reason for wanting something done "for your sake","died for the sake of his country","in the interest of safety","in the common interest"
    • n sake the purpose of achieving or obtaining "for the sake of argument"
    • n sake Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sake a traditional alcoholic drink of Japan. It is made from rice.
    • n Sake sāk Final cause; end; purpose of obtaining; cause; motive; reason; interest; concern; account; regard or respect; -- used chiefly in such phrases as, for the sake of for his sake for man's sake for mercy's sake, and the like; as, to commit crime for the sake of gain; to go abroad for the sake of one's health.☞ The -s of the possessive case preceding sake is sometimes omitted for euphony; as, for goodness sake. “For conscience sake.” 1 Cor. x. 28. The plural sakes is often used with a possessive plural. “For both our sakes.” Shak. "Moved with wrath and shame and ladies' sake .""I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake .""Will he draw out,
      For anger's sake , finite to infinite?"
      "Knowledge is for the sake of man, and not man for the sake of knowledge."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sake Strife; contention; dispute.
    • n sake Fault; guilt.
    • n sake Purpose; purpose of obtaining or achieving: as, to labor for the sake of subsistence.
    • n sake Cause; account; reason; interest; regard to any person or thing: as, without sake: now always preceded by for, with a possessive: as, for my sake; for heaven's sake. When the posses sive is plural, the noun is often made plural also: as, “for your fair sakes” (Shak., L. L. L., v. 2. 765); “for both our sakes” (Shak., T. of the S., v. 2. 15). The final s of the possessive is often merged with the initial s of sake, and thus disappears: as, “for heaven sake” (Shak., K. John, iv. 1. 78); “for fashion sake” (Shak., As you Like it, iii. 2. 271); etc. Compare “for conscience sake,” etc.
    • n sake A Japanese fermented liquor made from rice. It contains from 11 to 17 per cent. of alcohol, and is heated before being drunk.
    • n sake The generic name in Japan for all kinds of spirituous liquors, whether made from grain or grapes, fermented or distilled.
    • n sake Same as saki.
    • n sake A land-spring; a wet spot where the water oozes forth.
    • n sake The magma or pulpy coagulum deposited from the waste liquors of wool-washing after addition of sulphuric acid. It is pressed cold to remove water; then, with hot pressing, it yields a dark-colored, sticky grease, known as Yorkshire grease, and a residual ‘seed-cake’ used as a fertilizer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sake sak′e a Japanese fermented liquor made from rice: a generic name for all spirituous liquors.
    • n Sake sāk cause: account: regard, as 'for my sake': contention: fault: purpose
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.”
  • Yu Cao
    Yu Cao
    “Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Men exist for the sake of one another.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.”
  • Lord Samuel
    Lord Samuel
    “Do not choose to be wrong for the sake of being different.”
  • Charlotte Bronte
    “If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.”


For Pete's sake - This is used as an exclamation to show exasperation or irritation.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sake, cause, also, lawsuit, fault, AS. sacu, strife, a cause or suit at law; akin to D. zaak, cause, thing, affair, G. sache, thing, cause in law, OHG. sahha, Icel. sök, Sw. sak, Dan. sag, Goth. sakjō, strife, AS. sacan, to contend, strive, Goth. sakam, Icel. saka, to contend, strive, blame, OHG. sahhan, MHG. sachen, to contend, strive, defend one's right, accuse, charge in a lawsuit, and also to E. seek,. Cf. Seek
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sacu, strife, a lawsuit; Dut. zaak, Ger. sache; A.S. sacan, to strive, Goth. sakan. Seek is a doublet.


In literature:

For my sake, do not go into the schoolroom again.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
I shall loathe the sight of mankind for your sake.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Yet it is possible to make this pleasure which accompanies eating and drinking the end for the sake of which we eat and drink.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
The utmost I can render her is but a meagre compensation for her countless sacrifices for my sake.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
To think of losing a fortune like that for the sake of sentimental folly!
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I wouldn't have her marry me for that sake.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
My sakes, here's ould Flora hobbling out to meet us.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
For Heaven's sake, my dear sir, satisfy these people as to my responsibility, and act as bail for my reappearance.
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
For God's sake send her to me, just for one moment.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
The rector, indeed, had married his first wife for the sake of a child, and his second for the child's sake.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

The ladyes wrang their fingers white,
The maidens tore their hair,
A' for the sake of their true loves,
For them they'll see na mair.
"Sir Patrick Spens" by Anonymous British
O glorious Sovereign whom I sing,
Be gracious unto us and kind,
For Thine own sake, if but I find
Grace in Thine eyes, my Lord and King.
"My Lord And King" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
And they beckon to their brothers,
Who are still in slavery's wake,
To be striving and be stirring,
For their own—their children's sake.
"A Song For May" by Ernest Jones
And when he had been seven long years,
And never his love could see:
"Many a tear have I shed for her sake,
When she little thought of me."
"The Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington" by Henry Morley
Ah! cruel tree! if I were you,
And children climbed me, for their sake
Though it be winter I would break
Into spring blossoms white and blue!
"Le Jardin Des Tuileries" by Oscar Wilde
For Love's sake, Dear, be silent! Cover me
In the deep darkness of thy falling hair:
Fear is upon me and the memory
Of what is all men's share.
""Cease smilng, Dear! a little while be sad "" by Ernest Christopher Dowson

In news:

For the sake of America, should liberals join the fight.
Special limited viewing of ' Autumn Screens and Japanese Sake Bottles and Cups' is planned.
A Beginner 's Guide to Sake.
Tiffany Soto, beverage director at Baltimore's Pabu, wants to make sake mainstream.
For the sake of argument (and I am not agreeing with your argument), let's say that you are right, that the taxpayers are getting hosed.
For Ryan Gosling's sake, let's hope so.
"I wish they would put more safety things on their buggies for the sake of their children,"says Joseph Byler, a resident.
Amanda Seyfried Raps 2Pac's " California Love" While Wearing Frog Mask, Sipping Sake.
Cities embracing relevant projects that are not just "art for art's sake".
In this week's A+ News, a Lewis Palmer District 38 elementary school has gone back in time for the sake of the environment.
TY KU Premium Sake & Spirits Co. Added TY KU Coconut Nigori to its line of premium sakes.
Made from Junmai nigori sake, also known as "cloudy" sake, the spirit is infused with all-natural coconut flavor and hints of vanilla.
For palette's sake, get outside your comfort zone .
M23 rebels gather in the eastern Congo town of Sake, some 27 kms west of Goma, Thursday Nov 29, 2012.
For goodness sake, go buy a carbon monoxide detector .

In science:

We will consider that ˆn′ = ± ˆx′ = ± ˆx and the particle rotates around axis ˆx′ , for the sake of simplicity.
Electromagnetic Radiation and Motion of Dust Particle - A Simple Model
But for the sake of simplicity, we consider (2.1) only in this thesis.
Integrable Submodels of Nonlinear $\sigma$-models and Their Generalization
To compute the momentum-space volume, for the sake of simplicity (and because it allows us to obtain a purely analytic result) let us assume that all N particles in the final state are massless.
Remarks on the extraction of freeze-out parameters
For the sake of simplicity in what follows sums of independently and identically distributed random variables with zero mean values are considered.
Tails of probability density for sums of random independent variables
For the sake of simplicity, let us consider a physical system whose Hamiltonian has [0, +∞) as absolutely continuous spectrum, and such that {H } is a CSCO generating bA (we will generalize this CSCO in the next section).
An Algebraic Formulation of Quantum Decoherence