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sacrifice (n.)

late 13c., "the offering of something (especially a life) to a deity as an act of propitiation, homage, etc.;" mid-14c., "that which is offered (to a deity) in sacrifice," from Old French sacrifise "sacrifice, offering" (12c.), from Latin sacrificium, from sacrificus "performing priestly functions or sacrifices," etymologically "a making sacred," from sacra "sacred rites" (properly neuter plural of sacer "sacred;" see sacred) + combining form of facere "to make, to do" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put").

Originally especially of Christ's propitiatory offering of himself for the world. Latin sacrificium is glossed in Old English by ansegdniss. The general sense of "act of giving up a desirable thing for a higher object or to a more pressing claim," also "something given up for the sake of another" is recorded from 1590s. Baseball sense of "hit made by the batter not to get himself to base but to enable another player to advance" is by 1880.

Origin and meaning of sacrifice

sacrifice (v.)

c. 1300, "to offer (something, to a deity) as an expression of thanks, devotion, penitence, etc., from sacrifice (n.). The Meaning "surrender, give up, suffer to be lost for the sake of something else" is from 1706. The intransitive sense of "offer a sacrifice, make offerings to a deity" is from late 13c. Related: Sacrificed; sacrificing.

Origin and meaning of sacrifice

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Definitions of sacrifice
1
sacrifice (n.)
the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.;
Synonyms: forfeit / forfeiture
sacrifice (n.)
personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective);
sacrifice (n.)
a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value;
he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice
sacrifice (n.)
the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity;
Synonyms: ritual killing
sacrifice (n.)
(baseball) an out that advances the base runners;
2
sacrifice (v.)
endure the loss of;
Synonyms: give
sacrifice (v.)
kill or destroy;
The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment
The animals were sacrificed after the experiment
sacrifice (v.)
sell at a loss;
sacrifice (v.)
make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals;
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