- sacrifice of one's interests, desires, etc., as for duty or the good of another.
Origin of self-sacrifice
First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for self-sacrificing
So she has to be perfect and self-sacrificing to the point of self-annihilation.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide
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Then it was that she learned the truth of his self-sacrificing devotion.
You have demonstrated a love that is high, and noble, and self-sacrificing.
But, gentle and self-sacrificing as ever, she recovered herself immediately.The Downfall
But this self-sacrificing proposal was dubiously received by both the ladies.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
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Does not every act of my self-sacrificing life point to such an aim?Love-at-Arms
- the sacrifice of one's own desires, interest, etc, for the sake of duty or for the well-being of others
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Word Origin and History for self-sacrificing
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