- 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.
- 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 of sacrificeOld French from Classical Latin sacrificium from sacer, sacred + facere, to make, do
transitive verb-·ficed·, -·fic·ing
- 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
- 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. The act of giving up something highly valued for the sake of something else considered to have a greater value or claim: Social activism often involves tremendous sacrifice.b. Something given up in this way.
- 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.
verbsac·ri·ficed, sac·ri·fic·ing, sac·ri·fic·es
- To offer as a sacrifice to a deity.
- To give up (one thing) for another thing considered to be of greater value.
- To sell or give away at a loss.
- To kill (an animal) for purposes of scientific research or experimentation.
- To offer a sacrifice: The Greek warriors sacrificed to their gods.
- To make a sacrifice: parents sacrificing for their children.
- Baseball To make a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly.
Origin of sacrificeMiddle English from Old French from Latin sacrificium sacer sacred ; see sacred . facere to make ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sacrifices, present participle sacrificing, simple past and past participle sacrificed)
- To offer (something) as a gift to a deity.
- 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.
- 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.
- (chess) To intentionally give up (a piece) in order to improve one's position on the board.
- (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.
- (dated, tradesmen's slang) To sell at a price less than the cost or actual value.
- To destroy; to kill.
- The offering of anything to a god; consecratory rite.
- 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.
- the sacrifice of one's spare time in order to volunteer
- Something sacrificed.
- (baseball) A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.
- A loss of profit.
- (slang, dated) A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
From Latin sacrificium (“sacrifice"), from sacrificÅ (“make or offer a sacrifice"), from sacer (“sacred, holy"), + faciÅ (“do, make").