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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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Animals were sacrificed at five time points throughout the study (Figure 1) to assess the efficacy of the various treatments in lowering blood and brain lead levels, as follows: a) One animal per litter was sacrificed at PND41, immediately after cessation of lead exposure, and immediately before the start of chelation.
King Zhaoxiang [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], great-grandfather of Emperor Qin Shihuang, sacrificed to Shangdi in Yong.
The second specimen was taken from a patient whose artery was sacrificed but who had not undergone embolization, and it was selected to ascertain the effects that ethanol embolization had on the adherent sections of the artery in the case patient.
So there is ample basis to argue, and conclude, that Abraham had faith that God really did not want Isaac to be sacrificed, and would not let it happen.
He would have sacrificed his self--the calling which defined for him who he was and what he was to do--if he had dropped his ministry as his family intended.
And with all these babies being sacrificed, where are the bodies?
Cowgill cites two major reasons for considering the remains sacrificed humans.
soldiers who fought for Korea's liberty, those who sacrificed their lives, and to build a stronger friendship between the two countries," a spokesman for Samsung said.
The statement was made by Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan , Ali Alizada, here on Monday during a ceremony held to remember those who sacrificed their lives to root out terrorism.
We should also remember in our prayers all those sons of soil and their families who sacrificed their present for our future.
Iftikhar Ahmad Jamil Shaheed, the Chief Minister said that he has sacrificed his life for the nation and the country and he was a brave and courageous officer of Pak army and the whole nation is proud of his courage.
When the blood of a sacrifice is brought to the altar, the life force (nefesh) of the sacrificed animal is returned to God.
He sent down a sheep from heaven which was then sacrificed," said Khaleeq Ahmad Mufti, Islamic scholar and presenter at Sharjah TV.
I personally witnessed the price paid by young men and women who had willingly sacrificed for our liberty and were recuperating from their wounds.
A lamb, costly and unblemished, is sacrificed and served with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.