verb (used with object), sac·ri·ficed, sac·ri·fic·ing.
verb (used without object), sac·ri·ficed, sac·ri·fic·ing.
- sacred roman rota,
- sacred site,
- sacred thread,
- sacred writ,
- sacrifice fly,
- sacrifice paddock,
- sacrificial anode,
Origin of sacrifice
Examples from the Web for sacrifice
The courage of this husband and father is a constant reminder of how much some sacrifice for exercising universal rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, one the most sacred holiday for Muslims is the sacrifice of Abraham, known as Eid al-Adha.
They accepted the fact that their party would have to make deals and sacrifice priorities in 2015.
It was in Saint-Rémy where Van Gogh sends his brother word of how all his sacrifice may soon be for nothing in this life.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind|Nick Mafi|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They sacrifice their shelter to contain the walkers—and Judith gets her first action scene!The Walking Dead’s Midseason Finale Shocker: A Cherished Character Meets a Grisly End|Melissa Leon|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
More is often done for the worst cause than men are willing to do or to sacrifice for the best.Public School Education|Michael Mller
A man who is good for anything is always ready for his duty, and so is a good woman always ready for a sacrifice.The Small House at Allington|Anthony Trollope
After this some prayers are recited, and a sacrifice is offered.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
They intreated vs, that being absent wee would remember them, and by stelth prouided a sacrifice, which we misliked.
If a man was too poor to sacrifice a living animal, he offered an image of one made of bread.
Word Origin for sacrifice
late 13c., "offering of something (especially a life) to a deity as an act of propitiation or homage;" mid-14c., "that which is offered in sacrifice," from Old French sacrifise "sacrifice, offering" (12c.), from Latin sacrificium, from sacrificus "performing priestly functions or sacrifices," from sacra "sacred rites" (properly neuter plural of sacer "sacred;" see sacred) + root of facere "to do, perform" (see factitious).
Latin sacrificium is glossed in Old English by ansegdniss. Sense of "act of giving up one thing for another; something given up for the sake of another" is first recorded 1590s. Baseball sense first attested 1880.
c.1300, "to offer something (to a deity, as a sacrifice)," from sacrifice (n.). Meaning "surrender, give up, suffer to be lost" is from 1706. Related: Sacrificed; sacrificing. Agent noun forms include sacrificer, sacrificator (both 16c., the latter from Latin); and sacrificulist (17c.).