Definition of sacrificial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sacrificial

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌsækrɪˈfɪʃl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsækrɪˈfɪʃl//
 
[usually before noun]
 
jump to other results
offered as a sacrifice a sacrificial lamb (figurative) Our department became the sacrificial lamb when the company decided to downsize (= we lost our jobs so that other departments could stay in business).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sacrificial