American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sacrifice of one's personal interests or well-being for the sake of others or for a cause.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sacrifice of what commonly constitutes the happiness of life for the sake of duty or other high motive; the preference for altruistic over egotistical considerations. The sacrifice of the happiness of one's life to an ignoble passion, or to any mere transient motive, is not called
- n. Synonyms Austerity, Asceticism, etc. (see self-denial), self-abnegation, self-forgetfulness.
- n. The giving up of one's own benefit, especially giving up one's life, for the good of others.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of sacrificing one's self, or one's interest, for others; self-devotion.
- n. acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity
- self- + sacrifice (Wiktionary)
“The three Power Plant cutouts are based on the idea of self-sacrifice in time of crisis, much like the Japanese power plant emergency workers risking their lives for the greater good of their disaster-stricken country.”
“While serving in the army, Johnson began a side career as a writer of short stories for magazines in which boys in the military learn discipline, loyalty, and self-sacrifice, and make themselves into men.”
“He was pleased at her logic—and at her self-sacrifice.”
“And the series is lifted by the climax: epic final battle, self-sacrifice, and a decent resolution.”
“Academics have concluded the values drummed into their grandparents, such as a strong work ethic and self-sacrifice, have been lost in the relentless quest for self-fulfilment.”
“Meanwhile, Rose, who at one point complains that she's not good at anything, is shown to have been really good at the kind of self-sacrifice that is really self-punishment.”
“Anyone who really wanted to get rid of suffering would have to get rid of love before anything else, because there can be no love without suffering, because it always demands an element of self-sacrifice, because, given temperamental differences and the drama of situations, it will always bring with it renunciation and pain.”
“Maturity is about self-awareness and self-sacrifice, but not about less fun.”
“The surprising, stunning denouement both arises from and reenacts the major themes of Cutting for Stone: love and betrayal, forgiveness and self-sacrifice, and the inextricable union of life and death.”
“Now that Ive said all that: there is a character in The Magicians who teaches Quentin a very hard lesson about self-sacrifice.”
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