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sacrificial

[sak-ruh-fish-uh l] /ˌsæk rəˈfɪʃ əl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or concerned with sacrifice.
Origin of sacrificial
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin sacrifici(um) sacrifice + -al1
Related forms
sacrificially, adverb
nonsacrificial, adjective
oversacrificial, adjective
oversacrificially, adverb
presacrificial, adjective
unsacrificial, adjective
unsacrificially, adverb
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  • A heavy debt was also due to them by the gods for their sacrificial offerings.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • So she wore the sacrificial air of a young nun and played "The Holy City."

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Priests lifted portions in their ladles and placed these on the sacrificial fire, and they made Soma.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • That also might be a sacrificial duty and therefore gratifying.

    Miss Mackenzie Anthony Trollope
  • He suffered himself to be wreathed and garlanded, until he was the picture of a sacrificial calf.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • These sacrificial rites were not then introduced for the first time.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • It may find its largest life again in the broadest kind of sacrificial service.

    The Challenge of the Country George Walter Fiske
British Dictionary definitions for sacrificial

sacrificial

/ˌsækrɪˈfɪʃəl/
adjective
1.
used in or connected with a sacrifice
Derived Forms
sacrificially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sacrificial
adj.

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

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