American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Purpose; motive: a quarrel only for the sake of argument.
- n. Advantage; good: for the sake of his health.
- n. Personal benefit or interest; welfare: for her own sake.
- n. A Japanese liquor made from fermented rice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Strife; contention; dispute.
- n. Fault; guilt.
- n. Purpose; purpose of obtaining or achieving: as, to labor for the sake of subsistence.
- n. Cause; account; reason; interest; regard to any person or thing: as, without sake: now always preceded by for, with a possessive: as, for my sake; for heaven's sake. When the posses sive is plural, the noun is often made plural also: as, “for your fair sakes” (Shak., L. L. L., v. 2. 765); “for both our sakes” (Shak., T. of the S., v. 2. 15). The final s of the possessive is often merged with the initial s of sake, and thus disappears: as, “for heaven sake” (Shak., K. John, iv. 1. 78); “for fashion sake” (Shak., As you Like it, iii. 2. 271); etc. Compare “for conscience sake,” etc.
- n. A Japanese fermented liquor made from rice. It contains from 11 to 17 per cent. of alcohol, and is heated before being drunk.
- n. The generic name in Japan for all kinds of spirituous liquors, whether made from grain or grapes, fermented or distilled.
- n. Same as saki.
- n. A land-spring; a wet spot where the water oozes forth.
- n. The magma or pulpy coagulum deposited from the waste liquors of wool-washing after addition of sulphuric acid. It is pressed cold to remove water; then, with hot pressing, it yields a dark-colored, sticky grease, known as Yorkshire grease, and a residual ‘seed-cake’ used as a fertilizer.
- n. Cause, interest or account.
- n. Purpose or end; reason.
- n. The benefit or regard of someone or something.
- n. obsolete except in phrases Contention, strife; guilt, sin, accusation or charge.
- n. countable and uncountable Rice wine, a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Final cause; end; purpose of obtaining; cause; motive; reason; interest; concern; account; regard or respect; -- used chiefly in such phrases as,
for the sake of, for his sake, for man's sake, for mercy's sake, and the like.
- n. a traditional alcoholic drink of Japan. It is made from rice.
- n. the purpose of achieving or obtaining
- n. Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot
- n. a reason for wanting something done
- From Japanese 酒 (さけ, sake), any alcoholic drink. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, lawsuit, guilt, from Old English sacu; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.Japanese. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Some singular nouns ending in an _s_ sound form the possessive by adding the apostrophe alone; as, _for appearance 'sake, for goodness' sake_.”
“But the farther they go, in the pursuit of wealth, for the sake of happiness, especially if successful in their plans and business, the more they forget their original purpose, and seek wealth for the _sake_ of wealth.”
“+boon -- for the sake of Christ not only the believing on Him but also the suffering for His sake+;  a sacred privilege when it is involved by”
“SF for its our sake is akin to porn, as is space travel for that matter.”
“He was quick to concede the vote for what he called the sake of peace.”
“They have demonstrateed that moderation for its own sake is more powerful than logic, expertise or public opinion.”
“The generosity of these artists and curators, who often work without payment for a collective, greater, unspoken commitment to art for art's sake is largely unsung, but this evening was to celebrate all of them. ”
“Being offensive for its own sake is no longer outrageous, not after The Boys, which has the advantage of coming out with a similar look, format, and publisher to what it claims to be satirizing.”
“Change for change's sake is short sighted and dangerous.”
“At some point, in fact, a pursuit of tradition for its own sake is as likely to impede our ability to experience art deeply as enable it, as the customary practices come to seem "normal" and departures from them unwelcome.”
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