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[sak-ruh-fish-uh l]
  1. pertaining to or concerned with sacrifice.
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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
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Examples from the Web for sacrificially

Historical Examples of sacrificially

  • Among the creatures that were sacrificially hunted in different parts of Western Europe were a number of small birds.

    Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes

    Lina Eckenstein

  • Possibly this goes back to a custom of fattening a victim that was sacrificially slain.

  • The wren is not the only bird that was sacrificially eaten in France, judging from the chants that are recorded.

British Dictionary definitions for sacrificially


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



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

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