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Wild, Quixotic notions of sacrifice flooded his mood of dejection.

It was easily done, and without any cost or sacrifice of principle.

It was his glory that he could sacrifice it at the call of duty.

It was a way of sacrifice; she was not even sure that it could be done.

We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it—now or ever.

I marvel at the sense of duty, the resignation, the sacrifice.

And now he had determined to sacrifice this dearest of pets.

Young Ried had no conception of the sacrifice for which he had asked.

No wonder Bassanio exaggerates his grief and the sacrifice he would be prepared to make.

I think I knew that, if he could, he meant to sacrifice our love to John and Milly.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "offering of something (especially a life) to a deity as an act of propitiation or homage;" mid-14c., "that which is offered in sacrifice," from Old French sacrifise "sacrifice, offering" (12c.), from Latin sacrificium, from sacrificus "performing priestly functions or sacrifices," from sacra "sacred rites" (properly neuter plural of sacer "sacred;" see sacred) + root of facere "to do, perform" (see factitious).

Latin sacrificium is glossed in Old English by ansegdniss. Sense of "act of giving up one thing for another; something given up for the sake of another" is first recorded 1590s. Baseball sense first attested 1880.

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