pertaining to or concerned with sacrifice.
- sac·ri·fi·cial·ly, adverb
- non·sac·ri·fi·cial, adjective
- o·ver·sac·ri·fi·cial, adjective
- o·ver·sac·ri·fi·cial·ly, adverb
- pre·sac·ri·fi·cial, adjective
- un·sac·ri·fi·cial, adjective
- un·sac·ri·fi·cial·ly, adverb
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How to use sacrificial in a sentence
On occasions, the Aztecs reached a status-quo agreement with the mighty Tlaxcalans which outlined that the Xochiyaoyotl would be conducted in a bid to capture sacrificial prisoners, as opposed to conquering lands and taking away resources.History of the Aztec Warriors: The Grim Fighters of Mexico | Dattatreya Mandal | June 20, 2022 | Realm of History
Kendall’s father even gives him a Judas-like kiss before sending him back to New York as the family’s sacrificial lamb.9 Clues That Set Up Kendall’s Big Cliffhanger on Succession | Eliana Dockterman | December 6, 2021 | Time
By all appearances, he was the sort of sacrificial lamb candidate that a party shrugs at, running for a seat the party doesn’t expect to win.Another problem for Democrats on Tuesday? Little to no ticket-splitting. | Philip Bump | November 3, 2021 | Washington Post
I know it’s relatively safe here compared to other jobs, but still, sometimes I feel like a sacrificial lamb.I Don't Feel Safe Returning to Work During the Pandemic. What Should I Do? | Jamie Ducharme | December 22, 2020 | Time
I know this is the word used in English but “Holocaust” has a sacrificial overtone that is unbearable to me.Claude Lanzmann on 'Shoah', His Memoir, and the Banality of Evil | Clémence Boulouque | June 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
That still exists, but the sacrificial style in American politics is just as strong.
According to anthropologist René Girard, cultures require sacrificial victims in order to avoid epidemic revenge feuds.GOP Primaries Provide a Feast for Our Schadenfreude Appetite | Eric G. Wilson | January 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She got to be the designated sacrificial lamb to run against Joe Biden in 2008, and got 35 percent of the vote.
Colonel Sanders, image forever accompanied odor of sacrificial meat.
Kettlewell used to dilate on the great sacrificial feast of charity.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
This presents a nobler view of the whole sacrificial system than the common one.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
Professor Fortescue was unqualified in his condemnation of the sentiment which erected sacrificial altars in the family circle.The Daughters of Danaus | Mona Caird
Among the antediluvians, sheep were immolated for sacrificial offerings, and their fleeces probably furnished them with clothing.Domestic Animals | Richard L. Allen
Thou shalt not go up by steps unto Mine altar—a device probably meant to facilitate the leading up of the sacrificial beasts.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
British Dictionary definitions for sacrificial
used in or connected with a sacrifice
- sacrificially, adverb
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