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Sacrifice - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Sacrifice' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Sacrifice [ n.]
- The offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite.
- Anything consecrated and offered to God, or to a divinity; an immolated victim, or an offering of any kind, laid upon an altar, or otherwise presented in the way of religious thanksgiving, atonement, or conciliation.
- Destruction or surrender of anything for the sake of something else; devotion of some desirable object in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim deemed more pressing; hence, also, the thing so devoted or given up; as, the sacrifice of interest to pleasure, or of pleasure to interest.
- A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
- To make an offering of; to consecrate or present to a divinity by way of expiation or propitiation, or as a token acknowledgment or thanksgiving; to immolate on the altar of God, in order to atone for sin, to procure favor, or to express thankfulness; as, to sacrifice an ox or a sheep.
- Hence, to destroy, surrender, or suffer to be lost, for the sake of obtaining something; to give up in favor of a higher or more imperative object or duty; to devote, with loss or suffering.
- To destroy; to kill.
- To sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
2 . Sacrifice [ v. i.]
- To make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed on the altar; to offer sacrifice.

Meaning of 'Sacrifice' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . sacrifice [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value
Example in sentence:
  • he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice
2 . sacrifice [ v]
Meaning (2):
- endure the loss of
Example in sentence:
  • He gave his life for his children;
  • I gave two sons to the war
Meaning (3):
- kill or destroy
Example in sentence:
  • The animals were sacrificed after the experiment;
  • The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment