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A sacrificing priest can be seen in this and the last named instances.

I answered that I was sacrificing my own pleasure for the sake of the happiness of a friend.

And I was happy then even in sacrificing my happiness with Maurice.

One might have thought him some old Roman sacrificing his family on the altar of his country.

No, I can't save myself by sacrificing a brother soldier for humanity.

Do you mean that they are a sort of science of praying and sacrificing?

Meanwhile Mindarus, while sacrificing to Athena at Ilium, had observed the battle.

Sacrificing with a view to departure, the victims proved unfavourable to them.

But what is she sacrificing in order to obtain this triumph of the trader?

At such times, too, when men were sacrificing themselves to ideas.

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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