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human sacrifice

Definitions

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  • n. the killing of one or more human beings as part of religious ritual

Etymologies

human + sacrifice (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Assuming a nature-implanted tendency, we see that like human sacrifice it was held to be the most acceptable offering to the God-goddess in the Orgia or sacred ceremonies, a something set apart for peculiar worship.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The human sacrifice was quite contrary to Guebre, although not to Hindu, custom; although hate and vengeance might prompt an occasional murder.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Our heroine almost ends up as a human sacrifice at a Black Mass, presided over by an unfrocked priest named Father Diavolo, before turning the tables on Lilith and her acolytes, and setting fire to Bleeksmore Manor with one of the Duchess's own monogrammed branding irons.

    The Warslayer

  • He had even taken to following the old Hittite practice of human sacrifice before particularly important conflicts.

    Shield of Thunder

  • Everything you've heard about the Aztecs, those accounts of mass human sacrifice recorded by the Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century, magnify that several times and put it back five hundred years.

    Crusader Gold

  • Hiel's story (1Ki 16: 34) does not tell of human sacrifice but of sons lost by divine punishment.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The worship of the Sun-God was the prevailing worship of Egypt, and human sacrifice was followed in its ritual.

    Commentary on Revelation

  • "This person, quite a nice voice by the way, wanted to know if human sacrifice was required for our approaching festival – I suppose he was referring to Pesach."

    Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry

  • It is to Accad, and not to Phoenicia, that we must look for the origin of human sacrifice in Western Asia.

    Commentary on Revelation

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