[sak-ruh-fish-uh l]


pertaining to or concerned with sacrifice.

Origin of sacrificial

1600–10; < Latin sacrifici(um) sacrifice + -al1
Related formssac·ri·fi·cial·ly, adverbnon·sac·ri·fi·cial, adjectiveo·ver·sac·ri·fi·cial, adjectiveo·ver·sac·ri·fi·cial·ly, adverbpre·sac·ri·fi·cial, adjectiveun·sac·ri·fi·cial, adjectiveun·sac·ri·fi·cial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of sacrificial

  • So she wore the sacrificial air of a young nun and played "The Holy City."


    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

British Dictionary definitions for sacrificial



used in or connected with a sacrifice
Derived Formssacrificially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sacrificial

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

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