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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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  • 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


used in or connected with a sacrifice
Derived Forms
sacrificially, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sacrificial

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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