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Definition of Sacrifice


  1. The offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite.
  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.
  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.
  5. 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 sheep.
  6. 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.
  7. To destroy; to kill.
  8. To sell at a price less than the cost or the actual value.
  9. To make offerings to God, or to a deity, of things consumed on the altar; to offer sacrifice.

Sacrifice Quotations

Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.
Sai Baba

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams.
Donovan Bailey

To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.
James E. Faust

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
Mahatma Gandhi
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Sacrifice Translations

sacrifice in Danish is byde, tilbyde
sacrifice in Dutch is opofferen, offeren, aanbieden
sacrifice in French is immoler, sacrifice, sacrifions, sacrifiez
sacrifice in German is aufopfern, Opfer
sacrifice in Italian is sacrificio, sacrificare
sacrifice in Latin is devoveo, sacrificum, piaculum
sacrifice in Spanish is sacrificar, presentar, ofrecer, sacrificio
sacrifice in Swedish is uppoffring, offer, uppoffra, offra
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