sacrifice of one's interests, desires, etc., as for duty or the good of another.
Origin of self-sacrifice
First recorded in 1795–1805Related 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
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Contemporary Examples of self-sacrificing
Historical Examples of self-sacrificing
Then it was that she learned the truth of his self-sacrificing devotion.
You have demonstrated a love that is high, and noble, and self-sacrificing.
But, gentle and self-sacrificing as ever, she recovered herself immediately.
But this self-sacrificing proposal was dubiously received by both the ladies.
Does not every act of my self-sacrificing life point to such an aim?
British Dictionary definitions for self-sacrificing
Derived Formsself-sacrificing, adjectiveself-sacrificingly, adverb
the sacrifice of one's own desires, interest, etc, for the sake of duty or for the well-being of others
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Word Origin and History for self-sacrificing
1805, from self- + sacrifice (n.). Adjective self-sacrific'd attested from 1711. Related: self-sacrificing.
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