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Definition of Sacrifice

(noun) Offering something of value (e.g., food; objects) to something supernatural, typically for appeasement or to gain favor.

Sacrifice Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈsakrɪfʌɪs/
    • British English
      • /ˈsakrɪfʌɪs/
  • Syllabification: (sac·ri·fice)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: sacrifices
  • Also called religious sacrifice.
  • A (adjective) sacrificer (verb) sacrifices a (adjective) sacrificeable or (adjective) sacrificial objects (adverb) sacrificially.

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Cite the Definition of Sacrifice

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sacrifice.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sacrifice/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

sacrifice. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sacrifice/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sacrifice.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/sacrifice/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“sacrifice.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sacrifice/>.