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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?
See also: sacrifice

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.
See also: sacrifice

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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Giovanni has never been so close to Annabella: Victim and sacrificer share an incredible intimacy in the aftermath of the violence.
And this is precisely the risk facing the sacred poet, who, like the ritual sacrificer in whose immediate vicinity he operates, is also poised between too much of the real thing and not enough.
The dead themselves were no longer regarded as sacrificers to their own ancestors, but as the recipients of sacrifices.
Bloch stresses an identification of the sacrificer with the vitality of the victim and proposes that it is only this aspect of the sacrificer's subjectivity that is killed or abandoned later to be restored through communal feasting.
His burial included a wooden snuff tablet carved with a three-dimensional sacrificer figure with a trophy head in his left hand, a wooden tube carved with a condor figure, and a spoon (Llagostera et al.
The first is the "pre-Colombian Alvarez Bravo, a worshipper of bulls and sacrificer of virgins, who dances with Chac and Xipe and takes no prisoners" (9).
Raimonda Modiano remarks that "the Mariner carries a dual identity; he is at once the perpetrator and the victim of a transgression, both guilty and innocent, and in a sacrificial context, both sacrificer and sacrificed.
So, God says to us through the story of the Akedah, mankind must reject equally both of the paradigms that emerged from the Akedah, that is, the paradigms of the sacrificer and the sacrificed, of the persecutor and the persecuted -- and the role of the powerful and intellectual observer who finds difficulty in knowing who is good and who is evil, who is eager to find good and evil in both sides, and reasons and explanation for every act, and can find no solution other than reinventing the pagan-like sacrifice of innocents to make these problems go away.
The same rite is found in Melkula: at the culminating point of the sacrifice the sacrificer spreads his arms to imitate the falcon and sings a chant in honor of the stars.
Detienne distinguishes between the sacrifier (French 'sacrifiant'), who offers, and the sacrificer (French 'sacrificateur'), who carries out the sacrifice, including the cutting up of the meat, M.
It is neither here nor there that the sacrificer should himself be fulfilled through this supererogatory act.
He will come to us with the gods, and as the best sacrificer he will sit here upon the ritual grass.
Thus, sacrificing was seen as a duty and the sacrificer took part in the very event that created and creates both him and his world, and that is him and his world (Gonda 72).
Being at the mercy of life itself, Sunahsepa's ordeal is a model of the human experience, or, as Panikkar wrote in his 1977 anthology The Vedic Experience, "Man is the sacrificer, but also the sacrificed; the Gods, in their role as the primal agents of sacrifice, offer their oblation with Man.
10) This is evidently an echo of Winckelmann, who wrote "Had Laocoon been covered with a garb becoming an antient sacrificer, his sufferings would have lost one half of their Expression.