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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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Most important, though, is the bigger context from which sacrifice must be understood - its what-for.
He said that words cannot express the sacrifices of those heroes who gave their lives willingly to protect the country.
On the occasion of Commemoration Day (Martyrs Day), President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has pledged to the families of the nation's martyrs that they will continue to receive the utmost care and full support of the nation, "Because we are a nation that treasures the value of sacrifice and never forgets those who devoted their lives and offered their precious blood to keep the nation's flag flying high.
For that, the heroism showed by our martyrs AaAeAeAu civilians or servicem AaAeAeAu will remain engraved in the nation's memory and immortal in our conscienc These sacrifices are prestigious medals of pride and glory.
He said Pakistan's role against terrorism and it sacrifices needed to be recognized at international level.
Beyond Qatar, the campaign targets 36 countries and seeks to provide 23,040 sacrifices at more than QR11mn.
Ezekiel also states that the sacrifices of the seven days of Tabernacles (Sukkot) match the sacrifices of the seven days of Passover.
The Minister while paying tribute to the families of Shuhada stated that they have offered great sacrifices.
Predominant is the notion of sacrifice as the destruction of a victim, whether it be the slaughter of an animal, the taking of human life, or the surrender of something for the benefit of others.
Some of the sacrifices at festivals including those of "shaand" and "bhunda" involve large numbers of animals killed using a knife at the entrance of the temples.
Suntharalingham who appeared for the temple authorities rejected the subject of settlement and asked the court to deliver its decision on the rituals connected with the animal sacrifices at the temple and its festival scheduled for 14th June.
Adorno is a utopian who believes that only contoured subjects forged by proto-bourgeois self-preservation and locked into relations of exploitation come to perform and enforce sacrifices.
Mention of Abraham's sacrificial ram leads into a more general discussion of how sacrifices can serve as symbolic substitutes for human beings by taking on their sins and by suffering their punishments.
Little sacrifices that we learn to make every day through this festival magnify our art of communal and social adjustment with others.
21) (3) The military veterans in our congregations might remind us not to despise their blood sacrifices on our behalf in a relatively just war.