Definition of sacrifice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsækrɪfaɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsækrɪfaɪs//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the fact of giving up something important or valuable to you in order to get or do something that seems more important; something that you give up in this way The makers of the product assured us that there had been no sacrifice of quality. Her parents made sacrifices so that she could have a good education. to make the final/supreme sacrifice (= to die for your country, to save a friend, etc.)
  2. 2 [countable, uncountable] sacrifice (to somebody) the act of offering something to a god, especially an animal that has been killed in a special way; an animal, etc. that is offered in this way They offered sacrifices to the gods. a human sacrifice (= a person killed as a sacrifice)
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin sacrificium; related to sacrificus ‘sacrificial’, from sacer ‘holy’.Extra examples Food and wine were offered as sacrifices to the gods. I know it’s a sacrifice for you, but please try to understand. Soldiers who die for their country have made the supreme sacrifice. The makers assured us that there had been no sacrifice of quality.
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