- (transitive) To offer (something) as a gift to a deity.
- (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.
- “Don’t you break my heart / ’Cause I sacrifice to make you happy.” - From the song Baby Don’t You Do It by Marvin Gaye
- “God sacrificed His only-begotten Son, so that all people might have eternal life.” (a paraphrase of John 3:16).
- (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.
- "If you trade a penny for a dollar, it is not a sacrifice, if you trade a dollar for a penny, it is" - from the book Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand.
- (transitive) (chess) To intentionally give up (a piece) in order to improve one’s position on the board.
- (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.
NounSacrifice (plural Sacrifices)
- Something sacrificed.
- (baseball) A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.
Adjectives for Sacrifice
useless; prodigious; vicarious; living; idle; bloodless; fatal; patriotic; willing; personal; ruinous; superstitious; supreme; approaching; fearful; easy; tremendous; enormous; severe; ghastly; dreadful; exposed; inevitable; virtuous; appropriate; unimaginable; necessary; saving; sweeping; deliberate; unprofitable; mock; undue; eucharistic; economic; gratifying; numberless (pi) ; heroic; searching.
Verbs for Sacrifice
bemoan—; decry—; dramatize—; entail—; impose—; involve—; modify—; occasion—; offer—; ritualize—; submit to—; suffer—; undergo—; —absolves; —atones for; —compensates; —deifies; —deprives; —exempli¬fies; —expiates; —hallows; —purges; — purifies; —sanctifies; —sheds; —shrives; — symbolizes.
Adverbs for Sacrifice
repentantly; deliberately; economically; heartlessly; wantonly; shamefully; bloodlessly; patriotically; superstitiously; heroically; personally; supremely; fatally.
abandon, abandonment, abjuration, abjure, altruism, annihilate, appease, bane, be bereaved of, bereave of life, bereavement, blood, bloodletting, bloodshed, braining, burnt offering, carry away, carry off, cease, cede, cession, chloroform, close out, collection, commitment, consecrate, consecration, convert into cash, cost, cut down, cut off, cut under, damage, dead loss, dealing death, debit, dedicate, dedication, default, denial, denudation, deprivation, deprive of life, desist, despoilment, destroy, destruction, destruction of life, detriment, devote, devotion, disgorge, disinterest, disinterestedness, dispatch, dispensation, dispense with, disposal, dispose of, disposition, dispossession, divestment, do away with, do for, do to death, do without, donate, drink offering, drop, dump, dumping, effect a sale, end, eschew, euthanasia, ex voto offering, execute, execution, expense, exterminate, extermination, finish, finish off, flow of blood, forbear, forfeit, forfeiture, forgo, forgoing, forswear, forswearing, get along without, get rid of, getting rid of, give, give away, give up, giving up, go astray from, gore, have done with, heave offering, hecatomb, holocaust, human sacrifice, humility, immolate, immolate before, immolation, incense, incur loss, infanticide, injury, job, kill, killing, kiss good-bye, lapidation, launch into eternity, lean over backwards, let go, let slip, letting go, libation, liquidate, lose, lose out, loser, losing, losing streak, loss, lynch, mactation, make a sacrifice, make a sale, make away with, make propitiation, make sacrifice to, market, martyr, martyrdom, martyrization, martyrize, merchandise, mercy killing, mislay, misplace, miss, modesty, move, oblation, offer, offer sacrifice, offer up, offering, offertory, part with, peace offering, perdition, piacular offering, poison, poisoning, privation, propitiate, purge, put away, put down, put to death, put to sleep, quitclaim, recant, recantation, refrain from, release, relinquish, relinquishment, remove from life, render up, renounce, renunciation, resell, resign, resignation, retail, retract, retraction, riddance, ritual killing, ritual murder, robbery, ruin, sacramental offering, scapegoat, self-abasement, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-devotion, self-effacement, self-forgetfulness, self-immolation, self-neglect, self-neglectfulness, self-renouncement, self-sacrifice, self-subjection, selflessness, sell, sell off, sell on consignment, sell out, sell over, sell retail, sell short, sell up, sell wholesale, shooting, slaughter, slay, slaying, spare, spoliation, starve, stoning, stop, stripping, suffer loss, surrender, suttee, sutteeism, swear off, swearing off, take life, take off, taking away, taking of life, thank offering, throw up, total loss, turn into money, turn over, unacquisitiveness, undercut, undergo privation, undersell, unload, unpossessiveness, unselfishness, vacate, victimize, votive offering, waive, wander from, whole offering, wholesale, yield, yielding
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- vocative masculine singular of sacrificus