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sacrifice (something) on the altar of

To abandon something in exchange for something else (which is named after "of"). The phrase can, but does not have to, include a noun after "sacrifice." I know you want to help your family, but you can't sacrifice your happiness on the altar of servitude. It seems that the curriculum at this school has been sacrificed on the altar of profit.
See also: altar, of, on, sacrifice

sacrifice someone or something for someone or something

to forfeit someone or something for the sake of someone or something. Surely you won't sacrifice your dear wife for a silly twit like Francine! Would you sacrifice your bank account for a chance to go to Europe?
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sacrifice someone or something to someone or something

to make an offering of or give up someone or something to someone or some power. The high priest prepared to sacrifice the prisoner to the gods. I sacrificed a lot of money to a fancy lifestyle.
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be sacrificed on the altar of something

If someone or something is sacrificed on the altar of a particular belief or activity, they suffer or are harmed because of it. They promised that the interests of farmers wouldn't be sacrificed on the altar of free trade. Let us hope that these children's education will not be sacrificed on the altar of social experimentation. Note: You can also say that someone or something is a sacrifice on the altar of a particular thing. He was just another sacrifice on the altar of celebrity. Note: An altar was a large stone on which animals were killed during the worship of a god or goddess in former times. The killing of an animal in this way was called a sacrifice.
See also: altar, of, on, sacrifice, something

sacrifice someone or something on the altar of

make someone or something suffer in the interests of someone or something else.
1994 Post (Denver) The cherished goal of a color-blind society…has been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
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I pray that may Allah Almighty bless us with real happiness of Eid ul Azha and guide us to understand the revered act of sacrifice so that we follow it in its true spirit.
The Prime Minister said sacrifice means devoting one's self for the upholding of high moral values.
On the first day, the women are busy preparing a lavish meal made from the meat of the sacrifice, and friends and family are invited to feast.
Animal rights activists have long campaigned for ending the Gadhimai festival, in which millions of worshippers gather to watch the sacrifice of tens of thousands of animals.
Some treatment is given to Augustine's interpretation of sacrifice as symbolic of "an internal act that attunes the agent to God" (3).
The court also questioned the reasons for animal sacrifices, saying such rituals "must change in the modern era".
Kalavati's neighbour Ramdhani Yadav (33) and his brother Gulab (28), were also visiting the tantrik and were advised by him to perform a human sacrifice for health, wealth and prosperity.
Islam tries to inculcate among its followers the willingness to sacrifice anything in the way of Allah.
Thus, for Christianity, the logic of sacrifice and its attending rituals was overthrown when the actual Son was killed instead of a symbolic animal substitute.
Allah (God), through a series of divine commandments to Abraham, ordered him to sacrifice his son in order to prove his devotion.
The sacrifice of the animals is just a ritual whereas the essence lies far beyond.
Many employers are planning to introduce or extend salary sacrifice arrangements to offset some of the additional costs arising from the new automatic enrolment requirements.
The most strident criticism is found in the Heidelberg Catechism: "Therefore the Mass is fundamentally a complete denial of the once for all sacrifice and passion of Jesus Christ (and as such an idolatry to be condemned.
IHH Gaza official Mehmet Kaya said that they would begin distributing meat on Tuesday, adding that they would sacrifice 170 bovine animals.