[self-sak-ruh-fahys, self-]
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Origin of self-sacrifice

First recorded in 1795–1805
Related formsself-sac·ri·fic·er, nounself-sac·ri·fi·cial [self-sak-ruh-fish-uh l, self-] /ˈsɛlfˌsæk rəˈfɪʃ əl, ˌsɛlf-/, adjectiveself-sac·ri·fic·ing, adjectiveself-sac·ri·fic·ing·ly, adverbself-sac·ri·fic·ing·ness, nounun·self-sac·ri·fi·cial, adjectiveun·self-sac·ri·fi·cial·ly, adverbun·self-sac·ri·fic·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of self-sacrifice

  • Considered as a form of self-sacrifice, it was not without its pleasures.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Somewhere in him were the seeds of self-sacrifice, the seeds of a generous devotion to others.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • For a man of real convictions this is a fine opportunity of self-sacrifice.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • As they passed he tasted to the full all the bitter joys of self-sacrifice.

  • Miss Emily and me had a talk about self-sacrifice and I see my duty plain.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for self-sacrifice


  1. the sacrifice of one's own desires, interest, etc, for the sake of duty or for the well-being of others
Derived Formsself-sacrificing, adjectiveself-sacrificingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-sacrifice

1805, from self- + sacrifice (n.). Adjective self-sacrific'd attested from 1711. Related: self-sacrificing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper