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Synonyms for sacrifice
ˈsæk rəˌfaɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forfeit, forfeiture, sacrifice(noun)

    the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.

    forfeit, forfeiture, ritual killing

  2. sacrifice(noun)

    personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)

    forfeit, forfeiture, ritual killing

  3. sacrifice(noun)

    a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value

    "he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice"

    forfeit, forfeiture, ritual killing

  4. sacrifice, ritual killing(noun)

    the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity

    forfeit, forfeiture, ritual killing

  5. sacrifice(verb)

    (baseball) an out that advances the base runners

    forfeit, forfeiture, ritual killing

  6. sacrifice, give(verb)

    endure the loss of

    "He gave his life for his children"; "I gave two sons to the war"

    commit, chip in, dedicate, cave in, collapse, impart, pass on, move over, return, establish, reach, present, have, fall in, make, pay, throw, gift, kick in, feed, break, ease up, apply, give, grant, open, founder, devote, hold, pass, render, yield, turn over, leave, give way, consecrate, generate, contribute, afford, hand

  7. sacrifice(verb)

    kill or destroy

    "The animals were sacrificed after the experiment"; "The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment"


  8. sacrifice(verb)

    sell at a loss


  9. sacrifice(verb)

    make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals



  1. sacrifice(verb)

    To trade (a value of higher worth) for one of lesser worth in order to gain something else valued more such as an ally or business relationship or to avoid an even greater loss; to sell without profit to gain something other than money.

    at a loss, sell

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sacrifice

    To surrender is to give up upon compulsion, as to an enemy in war, hence to give up to any person, passion, influence, or power. To yield is to give place or give way under pressure, and hence under compulsion. Yield implies more softness or concession than surrender; the most determined men may surrender to overwhelming force; when one yields, his spirit is at least somewhat subdued. A monarch or a state cedes territory perhaps for a consideration; surrenders an army, a navy, or a fortified place to a conqueror; a military commander abandons an untenable position or unavailable stores. We sacrifice something precious through error, friendship, or duty, yield to convincing reasons, a stronger will, winsome persuasion, or superior force. Compare ABANDON.

    abandon, alienate, capitulate, cede, give, give oneself up, give over, give up, let go, relinquish, surrender, yield

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sacrifice(v)

    offer, immolate, destroy, surrender, forego

    reserve, retain, appropriate, withhold

  2. sacrifice(n)

    offering, oblation, immolation, surrender, destruction, atonement, propitiation, appeasement, expiation

    reservation, appropriation, retention, salvation, rescue, offence, transgression

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sacrifice(v. a.)

    immolate, offer up

  2. sacrifice(v. a.)

    surrender, give up

  3. sacrifice(n.)


  4. sacrifice(n.)

    offering, oblation

  5. sacrifice(n.)


Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sacrifice(n)

    oblation, immolation, surrender, loss, giving up, holocaust, hecatomb

  2. sacrifice(v)

    offer, immolate, surrender, give up, forego

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    sacrifices, slaughter, self-sacrifice, culling, slaughtering, cull, victim

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How to use sacrifice in a sentence?

  1. The Queen:

    Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks, i remember the Battle of Britain being fought in the skies above us and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time.

  2. Benjamin Watson:

    The reason why we play is because we love to compete. But within that, we want to be kept safe, as we move forward with our CBA negotiations, the owners know and they will continue to know every time we meet with them that we will not ever sacrifice health and safety of our players.

  3. President Fumiya Kokubu:

    We were willing to sacrifice cash flow for the sake of growth, but given the hefty writedowns, we now aim to retain tighter investment discipline and a positive cash flow.

  4. Clayton Chau:

    This is not about you, this is about our children. This is about our next generation... I can appeal to them that you need to do this. You need to do this little sacrifice because we have to ensure that our environment is safe for our children to grow.

  5. Mickey Mehta:

    Most people suffer in life because they ruin and sacrifice a certain beautiful today, for a hope of an uncertain glorious tomorrow. If today you destroy a potential seed, how will it flower tomorrow sow and nurture all the seeds today and MickeyMize your life! Share this with as many for a fragrant world.

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