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adjective as in atoning

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On occasions, the Aztecs reached a status-quo agreement with the mighty Tlaxcalans which outlined that the Xochiyaoyotl would be conducted in a bid to capture sacrificial prisoners, as opposed to conquering lands and taking away resources.

Kendall’s father even gives him a Judas-like kiss before sending him back to New York as the family’s sacrificial lamb.

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By all appearances, he was the sort of sacrificial lamb candidate that a party shrugs at, running for a seat the party doesn’t expect to win.

I know it’s relatively safe here compared to other jobs, but still, sometimes I feel like a sacrificial lamb.

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I know this is the word used in English but “Holocaust” has a sacrificial overtone that is unbearable to me.

That still exists, but the sacrificial style in American politics is just as strong.

According to anthropologist René Girard, cultures require sacrificial victims in order to avoid epidemic revenge feuds.

She got to be the designated sacrificial lamb to run against Joe Biden in 2008, and got 35 percent of the vote.

Colonel Sanders, image forever accompanied odor of sacrificial meat.

Kettlewell used to dilate on the great sacrificial feast of charity.

This presents a nobler view of the whole sacrificial system than the common one.

Professor Fortescue was unqualified in his condemnation of the sentiment which erected sacrificial altars in the family circle.

Among the antediluvians, sheep were immolated for sacrificial offerings, and their fleeces probably furnished them with clothing.

Thou shalt not go up by steps unto Mine altar—a device probably meant to facilitate the leading up of the sacrificial beasts.


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On this page you'll find 8 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to sacrificial, such as: conciliatory, divine, expiatory, propitiatory, and sacrificing.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.