So she has to be perfect and self-sacrificing to the point of self-annihilation.
In war they had been generous, noble and self-sacrificing; with peace came selfishness and greed.
Then it was that she learned the truth of his self-sacrificing devotion.
He had already made himself known to us as a resolute and self-sacrificing abolitionist.
But, gentle and self-sacrificing as ever, she recovered herself immediately.
Poor Poldie was so easily led by any show of nobility—anything that looked grand or self-sacrificing!
He was a gentle, self-sacrificing man, of kindly words and generous deeds.
Did he not know only too well the self-sacrificing devotion of Bob?
Yes, and known to have done scores of deeds as good and self-sacrificing as that.
self-sacrificing:discussion of the implications of the German word, 96 ff.literal force of the German word, 97 ftn.