Syn. Holy; divine; hallowed; consecrated; dedicated; devoted; religious; venerable; reverend.
Sa"cred*ly adv. Sa"cred*ness, n.
(Sacrif"ic Sa*crif"ic*al) , a. [L. sacrificus, sacrificalis. See Sacrifice.] Employed in sacrifice.
(Sa*crif"ic*a*ble) a. Capable of being offered in sacrifice. [R.] Sir T. Browne.
(Sa*crif"ic*ant) n. [L. sacrificans, p. pr. See Sacrifice.] One who offers a sacrifice. [R.]
(Sac"ri*fi*ca`tor) n. [L.] A sacrificer; one who offers a sacrifice. [R.] Sir T. Browne.
(Sa*crif"ic*a*to*ry) n. [Cf. F. sacrificatoire.] Offering sacrifice. [R.] Sherwood.
(Sac"ri*fice) n. [OE. sacrifise, sacrifice, F. sacrifice, fr. L. sacrificium; sacer sacred + facere
to make. See Sacred, and Fact.]
1. The offering of anything to God, or to a god; consecratory rite.
Great pomp, and sacrifice, and praises loud,Milton.
2. Anything consecrated and offered to God, or to a divinity; an immolated victim, or an offering of any
kind, laid upon an altar, or otherwise presented in the way of religious thanksgiving, atonement, or conciliation.
Moloch, horrid king, besmeared with bloodMilton.
Of human sacrifice.
My life, if thou preserv'st my life,Addison.
Thy sacrifice shall be.
3. Destruction or surrender of anything for the sake of something else; devotion of some desirable object
in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim deemed more pressing; hence, also, the thing so devoted or
given up; as, the sacrifice of interest to pleasure, or of pleasure to interest.
4. A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value. [Tradesmen's Cant]
Burnt sacrifice. See Burnt offering, under Burnt. Sacrifice hit (Baseball), in batting, a hit of
such a kind that the batter loses his chance of tallying, but enables one or more who are on bases to
get home or gain a base.
(Sac"ri*fice) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sacrificed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sacrificing ] [From Sacrifice,
n.: cf. F. sacrifier, L. sacrificare; sacer sacred, holy + -ficare (only in comp.) to make. See -fy.]