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[sak-ruh-fish-uh l] /ˌsæk rəˈfɪʃ əl/
pertaining to or concerned with sacrifice.
Origin of sacrificial
1600-10; < Latin sacrifici(um) sacrifice + -al1
Related forms
sacrificially, adverb
nonsacrificial, adjective
oversacrificial, adjective
oversacrificially, adverb
presacrificial, adjective
unsacrificial, adjective
unsacrificially, adverb Unabridged
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  • So she wore the sacrificial air of a young nun and played "The Holy City."

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I assume that the sacrificial victim and the filly are one and the same.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • That also might be a sacrificial duty and therefore gratifying.

    Miss Mackenzie

    Anthony Trollope
  • Most of the kids preferred to farm the fields or dig the sacrificial ore.

    The Guardians Irving Cox
  • These sacrificial rites were not then introduced for the first time.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • sacrificial offerings have prevailed in every nation and in every age.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker
  • She was making a sacrificial effort, I could see, to remain calm.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for sacrificial


used in or connected with a sacrifice
Derived Forms
sacrificially, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sacrificial

c.1600, from Latin sacrificium "a sacrifice" (see sacrifice (n.)) + -al (1). Related: Sacrificially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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