Adjective "sacrifice" definition and examples

(Sacrifice may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈsakrɪfʌɪs/

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Definitions and examples

noun

An act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to a deity.
  1. mass noun 'the ancient laws of animal sacrifice'
  2. 'Their activities included group prayers and animal sacrifices for various spirits.'
  3. 'When the Jews made ritual sacrifices of food and animals, they often burned incense along with it.'
  4. 'But, in precise religious terminology, the word was later confined to the sacrifice of an animal slaughtered for the sake of Allah.'
  5. 'In fact they expurgated any reference to animal sacrifices from their liturgy.'
  6. 'If the intent is spiritually sound, most breaches of ritual formality can be corrected via additional animal sacrifices in Mecca or special acts of charity and fasting after returning home.'
  7. 'The practice of santeria involves healing rituals, spirit possession, and animal sacrifice.'
  8. 'She gives daily discourses emphasizing that the ritual sacrifice of animals or birds is a crime.'
  9. 'They would use up excess grain and other food and slaughter old animals - not as sacrifices, but because they were not expected to survive the winter.'
  10. 'Of course God does not need offerings from humans; the entire process of animal sacrifices and offerings is about using the physical to access the spiritual.'
  11. 'Among the expressions of this religion are fire walking, animal sacrifices, and rituals of possession by a deity or ancestor.'
  12. 'For example, built into the pagan ritual are demands for parents to burn their children as a sacrifice to the gods.'
  13. 'Yield your understanding to be taught of God, yield your heart to be purified and educated for God, yield your life (to be) a sacrifice to God.'
  14. 'In 7th century India members of the Thug cult would ritually strangle passers-by as sacrifices to the Hindu deity, Kali.'
  15. 'He doesn't worship the idols of the Israelites or eat the sacrifices offered at forbidden shrines.'
  16. 'And when Aslan rises, the ancient stone altar on which the sacrifice was offered cracks and crumbles in pieces, never to be used again.'
  17. 'The Priest offers himself as a sacrifice to make peace with God.'
  18. 'This is where Abraham went up to offer Isaac as a sacrifice and later remarked as the Bible records.'
  19. 'Not being on very good terms with the Lord just then, Jonah offered an alternative: throw me overboard as a sacrifice to appease God, and you will be spared.'
Christ's offering of himself in the Crucifixion.
  1. 'Did he die as the Lamb of God - an atoning sacrifice to bear away our sins?'
  2. 'Mrs James, whose parish includes Minety, Leigh and Ashton Keynes, has even gone as far as to try and change the shape of the crucifix a symbol of Jesus's ultimate sacrifice.'
  3. 'Thus, within this horizon of understanding, Jesus and Jesus alone was capable of offering an acceptable sacrifice to God.'
  4. 'God provided a second Adam - a perfect Adam who could be the perfect sacrifice… God himself came to earth as a man.'
  5. 'The clusters of white and purple grapes and red cherries recall Christ's sacrifice and the Eucharistic sacrament, which open the way to redemption.'
  6. 'He came to die for the ungodly and offer Himself as a sacrifice to God for their salvation.'
  7. 'Christ never so eminently appeared for divine justice, and yet never suffered so much from divine Justice, as when he offered up himself a sacrifice for our sins.'
  8. 'Christ was a man of peace who gave himself as a sacrifice for the world's sins - let himself be crucified rather than offer violence.'
  9. 'But, more than that, His death was a sacrifice offered to the Father in payment for our sins.'
  10. 'A Jesuit priest of the party offered the sacrifice of the mass, which in that region of the world had never been celebrated before.'
  11. 'The point is what God has done, and is doing in the Mass, reconciling the world to Himself through the sacrifice of Christ.'
  12. 'We are committed by that Baptism to share in the celebration of this faith in a common sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.'
An act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.
  1. 'That dynamic is important because it spurs the individuals to make sacrifices for the good of the team.'
  2. 'The community can be proud of this dedicated group of helping people who train constantly and make real sacrifices in terms of time and commitment to make our home town a safer place to live in.'
  3. 'It means you have to leave home and that requires a big sacrifice in terms of leaving your family behind.'
  4. 'Judith Sischy, the director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, said she believed most parents would make sacrifices to keep their children at private schools.'
  5. 'An entrepreneur must be prepared to make a sacrifice in terms of finances and overall quality of life.'
  6. 'And we should realize that while this would involve material sacrifices, in terms of quality it would actually make our lives more happy and meaningful.'
  7. 'The actions that Miss Agate carries out are done with the deepest belief that what she is doing will bring about a more peaceful world and she has obviously decided to make sacrifices, including that of her own freedom.'
  8. 'After all, both in reality and cinema, heroism consists of self-sacrifice: the sacrifice of life and freedom.'
  9. 'As a person who's more willing than most people to make sacrifices for the environment, I'd be happy if we match or exceed the adjustments required by Kyoto.'
  10. 'Maybe she really wants to stay with the company long term, and the sacrifice of doing reports for a few months is a small one compared to her career with the company.'
  11. 'The pawn sacrifice throws the black pieces off guard and the white rooks are ready for an invasion.'
  12. 'Piece sacrifices of dubious merit are not a very good way to play against computers.'
  13. 'He followed up blundering a pawn with a piece sacrifice of the desperate sort.'
  14. 'In 1926, the rule was changed, giving a batter credit for a sacrifice fly if any base runner advances on the catch.'
  15. 'The next batter, pitcher Don Wilson advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt.'
  16. 'Expert players are often able to judge exactly when to make a sacrifice bid.'
  17. 'The Jack is your Knight and as such can always be played from a target player's hand as a sacrifice defender.'
  18. 'We have constructively bid in a game-forcing auction, when an opponent makes a sacrifice bid that forces us to bid our suit at the 5-level.'

verb

Offer or kill as a religious sacrifice.
  1. 'People making a pilgrimage (religious journey) are expected to sacrifice a goat or sheep and offer the meat to the poor.'
  2. 'Then there is the Dakshinkhali Temple, where goats and chickens are sacrificed to a hungry goddess.'
  3. 'Were it not for his impeccable service record, he might have been sacrificed to the god, but he was too good a soldier simply to waste on a pointless ritual.'
  4. 'Certain cattle-herding tribes in the south place great symbolic and spiritual value on cows, which sometimes are sacrificed in religious rituals.'
  5. 'Muslims may not eat any food that has been sacrificed to idols, but kosher is fine.'
  6. 'Five full-grown male bulls were killed and sacrificed to the gods and goddesses.'
Give up (something valued) for the sake of other considerations.
  1. 'Under the pressure of tight margins, hostile takeovers and cutthroat rivalry, air safety has been increasingly sacrificed to the requirements of profit and the markets.'
  2. 'Is housing in such desperately short supply that a historic building must be sacrificed for the sake of five flats?'
  3. 'Other democratic states, faced with terrorism, have sacrificed liberty for the sake of order and come to regret it.'
  4. 'Sadly this is a show whose theory has more to offer than its substance; in which aesthetics have been sacrificed to rhetoric.'
  5. 'Characterisation has been sacrificed for the sake of spectacle.'
  6. '‘I would hope that the Province of Alberta is not sacrificing safety for the sake of politics,’ says Szarko.'
  7. 'Expertise was sacrificed for the sake of political expediency, with unfortunate results.'
  8. 'In accepting money from Washington, religious groups will inevitably sacrifice a degree of independence.'
  9. 'Salem has made it clear that it won't sacrifice its values for profit, even stating so in its annual report.'
  10. 'It's interesting how he notes when and where the comedy was severely sacrificed for the sake of the message.'
  11. 'he sacrificed his queen on the 34th move'
  12. 'Maybe this explains why Kasparov sacrificed two pawns straight out of the opening - he probably felt he could do anything and still beat this guy!'
  13. 'Black is sacrificing a piece, it is true, but all the rest of his pieces become active while white's king is still sitting in the center of the board.'
  14. 'Doyle was sacrificed to second'
  15. 'Luis Aparicio then sacrificed runners to second and third followed by a Nellie Fox intentional walk.'
  16. 'Paul Simes and Andrew Hunter then singled to load the bases and Brad Daly sacrificed Robb home for a 2-0 lead.'
  17. 'in that event East–West would sacrifice in six spades'
  18. 'And when he sacrificed in four spades on the next round, he made it much easier for the opponents to judge whether to bid higher or, as here, to double for penalties.'

More definitions

1. the offering of animal, plant, or human life or of some material possession to a deity, as in propitiation or homage.

2. the person, animal, or thing so offered.

3. the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.

4. the thing so surrendered or devoted.

5. a loss incurred in selling something below its value.

6. Also called sacrifice bunt, sacrifice hit. Baseball. a bunt made when there are

More examples(as adjective)

"players can be sacrifice for actions."

"people can be sacrifice."

"players can be sacrifice."

"people/places/organizations can be sacrifice."

"flies can be sacrifice."

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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin sacrificium; related to sacrificus ‘sacrificial’, from sacer ‘holy’.