- The definition of a sacrifice is an offering or a giving up of something.
- An example of sacrifice is a live animal given to honor a diety.
- An example of sacrifice is a parent who gives her free time to help her child with his homework.
- Sacrifice is defined as to give something up or to sell something at a price which is less than its value.
- An example of sacrifice is to give up candy for Lent.
- An example of sacrifice is to sell a $1,000 car for $800.
sacrifice definition by Webster's New World
- the act of offering the life of a person or animal, or some object, in propitiation of or homage to a deity
- something so offered
- the act of giving up, destroying, permitting injury to, or forgoing something valued for the sake of something having a more pressing claim
- a thing so given up, etc.
- a selling or giving up of something at less than its supposed value
- the loss incurred
- ☆ Baseball a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly
Origin: Old French ; from Classical Latin sacrificium ; from sacer, sacred plush facere, to make, do
- to offer as a sacrifice to God or a god
- to give up, destroy, permit injury to, or forgo (something valued) for the sake of something having a more pressing claim
- to sell at less than the supposed value
- ☆ Baseball to advance (a base runner) by means of a sacrifice
- to offer or make a sacrifice
- ☆ Baseball to execute a sacrifice
- sacrificer noun
sacrifice definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, especially the ritual slaughter of an animal or a person.b. A victim offered in this way.
- a. Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.b. Something so forfeited.
- a. Relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value.b. Something so relinquished.c. A loss so sustained.
- Baseball A sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
- To offer as a sacrifice to a deity.
- To forfeit (one thing) for another thing considered to be of greater value.
- To sell or give away at a loss.
- To make or offer a sacrifice.
- Baseball To make a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sacrificium : sacer, sacred; see sacred + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
- sacˈri·ficˌer noun