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



BrE BrE//ˌsækrɪˈfɪʃl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsækrɪˈfɪʃl//
[usually before noun]
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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