(noun) The act or practice of offering something of value (e.g., food; objects; etc.) to something supernatural, typically for appeasement or to gain favor.
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- Plural: sacrifices
- Also called religious sacrifice.
- A (adjective) sacrificer (verb) sacrifices a (adjective) sacrificeable or (adjective) sacrificial objects (adverb) sacrificially.
- Religion Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Carter, Jeffrey. 2003. Understanding Religious Sacrifice: A Reader. London: Continuum
- Davies, Nigel. 1981. Human Sacrifice: In History and Today. New York: Morrow.
- belief system
- personified supernatural force
- transcendent value
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How to Cite the Definition of Sacrifice
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sacrifice.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 25, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/sacrifice/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
sacrifice. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/sacrifice/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “sacrifice.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 25, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/sacrifice/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“sacrifice.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 25 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/sacrifice/>.