Definition of sacrifice :
1. A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
2. Anything consecrated and offered to God, or to a divinity; an immolated victim, or an offering of any kind, laid upon an altar, or otherwise presented in the way of religious thanksgiving, atonement, or conciliation.
3. Destruction or surrender of anything for the sake of something else; devotion of some desirable object in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim deemed more pressing; hence, also, the thing so devoted or given up; as, the sacrifice of interest to pleasure, or of pleasure to interest.
4. Hence, to destroy, surrender, or suffer to be lost, for the sake of obtaining something; to give up in favor of a higher or more imperative object or duty; to devote, with loss or suffering.
5. The offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite.
6. To destroy; to kill.
7. To make an offering of; to consecrate or present to a divinity by way of expiation or propitiation, or as a token acknowledgment or thanksgiving; to immolate on the altar of God, in order to atone for sin, to procure favor, or to express thankfulness; as, to sacrifice an ox or a sheep.
8. To make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed on the altar; to offer sacrifice.
9. To sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
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kill (part of speech: verb)
chill, dispatch, put to sleep, eliminate, drown, exterminate, assassinate, ice, kill, slay, suffocate, liquidate, do in, slaughter, massacre, execute, snuff, do away with, murder, remove, smite, smother, strangle, purge, asphyxiate, hang, butcher
rite (part of speech: noun)
ceremony, evensong, Eucharist, missal, christening, canon, liturgy, wedlock, nones, mass, observance, transubstantiation, convocation, marriage, communion, holiday, sacrament, matrimony, ritual, confirmation, revival, baptism, novena, rite, Siddur, vesper, solemnization, celebration, remembrance, service, initiation, last rites
oblation (part of speech: noun)
- I knew his meaning well enough, and that he meant there to offer me up as a sacrifice to the Holy House. - "Voyager's Tales", Richard Hakluyt.
- Any sacrifice she would make for her cousin which one friend could make for another. - "Can You Forgive Her?", Anthony Trollope.
- But surely if you speak plainly to your father and make him understand your feeling in the matter, he will not demand a sacrifice of your youth and happiness. - "The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory", Margaret Vandercook.