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Meaning of SACRIFICE

Pronunciation:  'sacru`fIs

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (in baseball) an out that advances the base runners
  2. [n]  the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
  3. [n]  the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
  4. [n]  personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)
  5. [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"
  6. [v]  kill or destroy; "The animals were sacrificed after the experiment"; "The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"
  7. [v]  make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals
  8. [v]  endure the loss of; "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"
  9. [v]  sell at a loss

SACRIFICE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: forfeit, forfeiture, give, ritual killing
 See Also: act, free, give up, hecatomb, human action, human activity, immolate, immolation, kill, kill, killing, loss, loss, offer, offer up, personnel casualty, putout, putting to death, release, relinquish, resign, sacrifice fly, sell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sac"ri*fice\ (?; 277), n. [OE. sacrifise, sacrifice,
    F. sacrifice, fr. L. sacrificium; sacer sacred + facere to
    make. See {Sacred}, and {Fact}.]
    1. The offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory
             Great pomp, and sacrifice, and praises loud, To
             Dagon.                                --Milton.
    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.
             Moloch, horrid king, besmeared with blood Of human
             sacrifice.                            --Milton.
             My life, if thou preserv'st my life, Thy sacrifice
             shall be.                             --Addison.
    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. A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
       [Tradesmen's Cant]
    {Burnt sacrifice}. See {Burnt offering}, under {Burnt}.
    {Sacrifice hit} (Baseball), in batting, a hit of such a kind
       that the batter loses his chance of tallying, but enables
       one or more who are on bases to get home or gain a base.
  2. \Sac"ri*fice\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Sacrificed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sacrificing}.] [From
    {Sacrifice}, n.: cf. F. sacrifier, L. sacrificare; sacer
    sacred, holy + -ficare (only in comp.) to make. See {-fy}.]
    1. 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
             Oft sacrificing bullock, lamb, or kid. --Milton.
    2. 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.
             Condemned to sacrifice his childish years To
             babbling ignorance, and to empty fears. --Prior.
             The Baronet had sacrificed a large sum . . . for the
             sake of . . . making this boy his heir. --G. Eliot.
    3. To destroy; to kill. --Johnson.
    4. To sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
       [Tradesmen's Cant]
  3. \Sac"ri*fice\, v. i.
    To make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed
    on the altar; to offer sacrifice.
          O teacher, some great mischief hath befallen To that
          meek man, who well had sacrificed.       --Milton.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are being sacrificed means your tendency to punish yourself. You may also feel that others do not appreciate your talents and efforts. Alternatively, you may need to eliminate certain conditions to make time and space for more productive and rewarding experiences.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The offering up of sacrifices is to be regarded as a divine institution. It did not originate with man. God himself appointed it as the mode in which acceptable worship was to be offered to him by guilty man. The language and the idea of sacrifice pervade the whole Bible.

Sacrifices were offered in the ante-diluvian age. The Lord clothed Adam and Eve with the skins of animals, which in all probability had been offered in sacrifice (Gen. 3:21). Abel offered a sacrifice "of the firstlings of his flock" (4:4; Heb. 11:4). A distinction also was made between clean and unclean animals, which there is every reason to believe had reference to the offering up of sacrifices (Gen. 7:2, 8), because animals were not given to man as food till after the Flood.

The same practice is continued down through the patriarchal age (Gen. 8:20; 12:7; 13:4, 18; 15:9-11; 22:1-18, etc.). In the Mosaic period of Old Testament history definite laws were prescribed by God regarding the different kinds of sacrifices that were to be offered and the manner in which the offering was to be made. The offering of stated sacrifices became indeed a prominent and distinctive feature of the whole period (Ex. 12:3-27; Lev. 23:5-8; Num. 9:2-14). (See ALTAR.)

We learn from the Epistle to the Hebrews that sacrifices had in themselves no value or efficacy. They were only the "shadow of good things to come," and pointed the worshippers forward to the coming of the great High Priest, who, in the fullness of the time, "was offered once for all to bear the sin of many." Sacrifices belonged to a temporary economy, to a system of types and emblems which served their purposes and have now passed away. The "one sacrifice for sins" hath "perfected for ever them that are sanctified."

Sacrifices were of two kinds: 1. Unbloody, such as (1) first-fruits and tithes; (2) meat and drink-offerings; and (3) incense. 2. Bloody, such as (1) burnt-offerings; (2) peace-offerings; and (3) sin and trespass offerings. (See OFFERINGS.)