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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

be sacrificed on the altar of (something)

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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Yet, the greatest efforts devoted to survival do not build prosperity; only sacrifice towards a vision builds a nation.
On this day, which symbolises the nation's recognition of the prominent stature of martyrs throughout our history, we call on the UAE people men and women - to keep alive the noble values of sacrifice in their memory and take our martyrs as good role models so as to sanctify national duty and to work faithfully for the betterment of the nation and community, since great nations are built by sacrifice and sincere loyalty.
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Regarding the bull prescribed for the fourteenth of Nisan, Rashi (45:22) explains that this also refers to a special inaugural sacrifice which, in accordance with his understanding of the Talmud, (6) should be made on the eighth day of the Tabernacle's inauguration in fulfillment of the sin offering of a calf ordained by Moses.
In short, the purpose is to identify with Abraham's willingness to sacrifice everything, including his son, to God and to celebrate God's deliverance of Abraham by providing a sheep as a substitute.
He (Kahar), however, emphasised that human sacrifice was supreme.
For the rationalist observer, community-grounding dramas of sacrifice are regressive when compared to rational deliberation on moral guidelines; the aesthetic dimension is either unnecessary or harmful to careful reflection.
First of all, people may think that "since it is the mark of the good that it deserves sacrifice, the reverse must be true too - namely, that sacrifice makes something into a good" (69).
The sacrifice of the animals is just a ritual whereas the essence lies far beyond.
There is no argument that there is a duty to make the Pesach sacrifice even if the Temple is not built.
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.
Dysfunctional values married to catastrophic leadership have led us to the place you go when you are made to believe that solution is sacrifice and that sacrifice for a just cause is not noble but, rather, out of the question.
One way to resolve such conflict is for an individual to sacrifice self-interests.
Eid-al-Adha is also known as the festival of sacrifice as it commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, as an act of obedience to God.
Animal Sacrifice In Ancient Greek Religion, Judaism, And Christianity, 100 BC to AD 200