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Sacrificed Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sacrifice \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 sheep. 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]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Sacrificed'


Sacrifice is the offering of food, objects or the lives of animals or people to the gods as an act of propitiation or worship.

While sacrifice often implies ritual killing, the term offering (Latin oblatio) can be used for bloodless sacrifices of cereal food or artifacts. For offerings of liquids (beverages) by pouring, the term libation is used.

The Latin term came to be used of the Christian eucharist in particular, sometimes dubbed a "bloodless sacrifice" to distinguish it from archaic practices of "blood sacrifice". In individual pre-Christian ethnic religions, terms translated as "sacrifice" include the Indic yajna, the Greek thusia , the Germanic blōtan, the Semitic qorban/qurban, etc.

The term is also used metaphorically to describe selfless good deeds for others or a short term loss in return for a greater gain, such as in a game of chess. Recently it has also come into use as meaning 'doing without something' or 'giving something up' (see also self-sacrifice).

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* A university's essential character is that of being a center of free inquiry and criticism-a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else. - Richard Hofstadter

* At the close of life the question will be not how much have you got, but how much have you given nor how much have you won, but how much have you done not how much have you saved, but how much have you sacrificed how much have you loved and served, not how much were you honored. - Nathan C. Schaeffer


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