American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, especially the ritual slaughter of an animal or a person.
- n. A victim offered in this way.
- n. Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
- n. Something so forfeited.
- n. Relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value.
- n. Something so relinquished.
- n. A loss so sustained.
- n. Baseball A sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
- v. To offer as a sacrifice to a deity.
- v. To forfeit (one thing) for another thing considered to be of greater value.
- v. To sell or give away at a loss.
- v. To make or offer a sacrifice.
- v. Baseball To make a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The offering of anything to a deity; a consecratory rite.
- n. That which is sacrificed; specifically, that which is consecrated and offered to a deity as an expression of thanksgiving, consecration, penitence, or reconciliation. See offering.
- n. The destruction, surrender, or giving up of some prized or desirable thing in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim considered more pressing; the loss incurred by devotion to some other person or interest; also, the thing so devoted or given up.
- n. Surrender or loss of profit.
- To make an offering or sacrifice of; present as an expression of thanksgiving, consecration, penitence, or reconciliation.
- To surrender, give up, or suffer to be lost or destroyed for the sake of something else.
- To dispose of regardless of gain or advantage.
- Synonyms Sacrifice, Immolate. By the original meaning, sacrifice might apply to offerings of any sort, but immolate only to sacrifices of life: this distinction still continues, except that, as most sacrifices have been the offering of life, sacrifice has come to mean that presumably. It has taken on several figurative meanings, while immolate has come to seem a strong word, especially appropriate to the offering of a large number of lives or of a valuable life. Immolation is naturally for propitiation, while sacrifice may be for that or only for worship.
- To offer up a sacrifice; make offerings to a deity, especially by the slaughter and burning of victims, or of some part of them, on an altar.
- In base-ball, to make a fair hit, so as to advance a base-runner, while giving the opportunity to put out the batter.
- v. transitive To offer (something) as a gift to a deity.
- v. transitive To give away (something valuable) to get at least a possibility to gain something else of value (such as self-respect, trust, love, freedom, prosperity), or to avoid an even greater loss.
- v. transitive To trade (a value of higher worth) for one of lesser worth in order to gain something else valued more such as an ally or business relationship or to avoid an even greater loss; to sell without profit to gain something other than money.
- v. transitive (chess) To intentionally give up (a piece) in order to improve one’s position on the board.
- v. transitive (baseball) To advance (a runner on base) by batting the ball so it can be caught or fielded, placing the batter out, but with insufficient time to put the runner out.
- n. Something sacrificed.
- n. baseball A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. Tradesmen's Cant A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
- v. 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.
- v. 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.
- v. To destroy; to kill.
- v. Tradesmen's Cant To sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
- v. To make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed on the altar; to offer sacrifice.
- v. endure the loss of
- v. make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
- v. kill or destroy
- n. personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)
- n. a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value
- n. the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
- n. the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
- n. (baseball) an out that advances the base runners
- v. sell at a loss
- From Latin sacrificium ("sacrifice"), from sacrificō ("make or offer a sacrifice"), from sacer ("sacred, holy"), + faciō ("do, make"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sacrificium : sacer, sacred; see sacred + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Should any one seek to bargain with himself to pay the price of loss of self, so that he might gain the higher, fuller life, his sacrifice would be in vain because it would not be selflessness, but selfishness -- there could be no _sacrifice_, were it a bargain.”
“I _love_ him _more_ than I can say, and I shall do everything in my power to render the sacrifice he has made (for a _sacrifice_ in my opinion it is) as small as I can.”
“There are mixed modes here also, as in the use of the term sacrifice, — the word has a temporary allusive reference to a Mosaical figure of speech.”
“From this point of view, the term sacrifice can only be used of something that is consumed or destroyed in the service; while the term offering is restricted to things which are not destroyed.”
“There are mixed modes here also, as in the use of the term sacrifice — the word has a temporary allusive reference to a Mosaical figure of speech.”
“Thanks to the heroic efforts of enlightened local people who understand that short-term sacrifice is worth the long-term benefit of conserving resources for future generations, many Philippine reefs are now healthier than when I first started working there.”
“In Tingloy, Princess and members of her community have figured out that short-term sacrifice is the path to a future for the next generations.”
“Without that struggle, his sacrifice is a meaningless gesture.”
“Sometimes a short term sacrifice is needed for long term benefits.”
“It may just be a word term, but I don't like to use the word "sacrifice," but I do say choice.”
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