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[sak-ruh-fish-uh l] /ˌsæk rəˈfɪʃ əl/
pertaining to or concerned with sacrifice.
Origin of sacrificial
1600-10; < Latin sacrifici(um) sacrifice + -al1
Related forms
sacrificially, adverb
nonsacrificial, adjective
oversacrificial, adjective
oversacrificially, adverb
presacrificial, adjective
unsacrificial, adjective
unsacrificially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sacrificial
  • According to the researchers, some water molecules surround the almost-planet dust and act as almost a sacrificial layer.
  • Evidence indicates that the main chamber complex was ringed with sacrificial burials.
  • Any salt that does get into the system of this tree species is sent to sacrificial leaves.
  • The sacrificial bloodletting is accompanied by the offering of a fish to represent the watery underworld.
  • Your correspondent, ever self-sacrificial, has joined in over the beer and sausages.
  • On the shelf is a little cigar-smoking voodoo doll and a tiny cup of sacrificial rum.
  • Even a thug can show a sacrificial streak, one learns.
  • Two types of pyramids were constructed: one for sacrificial rituals and the second for sacred ceremonies.
  • The stack alternates a device layer with a sacrificial layer.
  • The key to the etching step is adding a sacrificial layer when the wafers are treated.
British Dictionary definitions for sacrificial


used in or connected with a sacrifice
Derived Forms
sacrificially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sacrificial

c.1600, from Latin sacrificium "a sacrifice" (see sacrifice (n.)) + -al (1). Related: Sacrificially.

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