verb (used with object), sac·ri·ficed, sac·ri·fic·ing.
verb (used without object), sac·ri·ficed, sac·ri·fic·ing.
Origin of sacrifice
Synonyms for sacrifice
Related Words for sacrificereparation, penance, libation, offering, oblation, deduction, discount, reduction, atonement, suffer, cede, waive, offer, forfeit, drop, renounce, yield, forgo, eschew, spare
Examples from the Web for sacrifice
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 25, 2014
In fact, one the most sacred holiday for Muslims is the sacrifice of Abraham, known as Eid al-Adha.Why Muslims Love Jesus Too
December 23, 2014
They accepted the fact that their party would have to make deals and sacrifice priorities in 2015.‘Cromnibus’ Passes, But Did Anyone Win?
December 12, 2014
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
December 7, 2014
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
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of sacrifice
Wild, Quixotic notions of sacrifice flooded his mood of dejection.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It was easily done, and without any cost or sacrifice of principle.
It was his glory that he could sacrifice it at the call of duty.
It was a way of sacrifice; she was not even sure that it could be done.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it—now or ever.
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.).