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be sacrificed on the altar of (something)

To be abandoned in exchange for something the speaker considers inferior. It seems that the curriculum at this school has been sacrificed on the altar of profit. I know you want to help your family, but your happiness shouldn't be sacrificed on the altar of servitude.
See also: altar, of, on, sacrifice

sacrifice (someone or something) for (someone or something else)

1. To give up, relinquish, or surrender someone or something in order to obtain someone or something, benefit someone or something, or achieve some purpose. I had to sacrifice my favorite three baseball cards to get my hands on the ultra-rare Mickey Mantle card Tom was carrying. He sacrificed a lot of opportunities for you, and this is how you repay him? I don't mind sacrificing a weekend for a chance to win a million dollars on TV.
2. To permit harm, death, destruction, or failure to someone or something in order to obtain something or for some purpose. Their government is clearly willing to sacrifice its citizens for this foolish war. Sarah sacrificed a lot of friendships and relationships for her place at the head of the company.
See also: sacrifice, something

sacrifice (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

1. To make a sacrificial offering of someone or something to some being, deity, or power. The tribe selects someone each year and sacrifices them to the gods. In burning our material possessions, we sacrifice that which binds us to the mortal world to the unknowable forces of eternity.
2. To give up, relinquish, or surrender someone or something in order to do something. He sacrificed a lot of career opportunities to follow his dream of moving to Japan. I sacrificed the best years of my life to raise you kids!
See also: sacrifice, something

sacrifice (something) on the altar of (something)

To abandon something in exchange for something else (which is stated after "of"). 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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Usually, adults were sacrificed first, and children were the last resort.
Goats and sometimes sheep are often sacrificed at the start of winter in temples across Himachal Pradesh with the aim of pleasing Hindu deities.
In biblical times, pilgrims came to Jerusalem from all parts of the Land of Israel, each family bringing with it a lamb, which was sacrificed in the Temple.
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.
You remember the story of how Iphigenia was sacrificed by her father Agamemnon so that the winds would blow to carry the Greek fleet to Troy?
As far as the first aspect, the legitimacy of the sacrifice, is concerned, the Liji is not coherent: in the "Jiao tesheng" [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and "Liyun" [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] chapters, the sacrifices performed by the dukes of Lu are presented as usurpations (only the Son of Heaven had the privilege to sacrifice to Heaven and Earth), whereas in the "Mingtang wei" [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] chapter, for instance, these are portrayed as legitimate: in the beginning of spring the dukes of Lu sacrificed to Houji [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] in the suburbs and to their ancestor, Duke of Zhou, in the ancestral temple.
The dissection was difficult to perform because of the partial tumor encasement; as a consequence, the common, internal, and external carotid arteries ultimately had to be sacrificed. A venous interposition graft was not placed because the patient's earlier balloon-occlusion test demonstrated that she was able to tolerate carotid sacrifice.
Doing so, it occurred to me that the secret of this challenge is the paradox that the Akedah presents, that national salvation requires that a cherished son of God, as all of humanity is, must be sacrificed to God.
If performed, it may be best to speak it almost in a whisper, implying a tone of desolation comparable to that of "Lament." The verb may remain present tense, "We sacrifice..." or may be changed to past tense, "We sacrificed...")
In locating the text's final and most decisive act of female intransigence on the night of December 24, a day earlier than the birthday of Christ-the-Savior in the Christian calendar, Naylor seems to reclaim messianic intervention into a gendered space by suggesting rather niftily that, in the framework of gender and community redemp tion, sometimes ordinary (Black) women have been there and sacrificed their lives in combating injustice, as does Willa, even before males show up, before those historical events and dates commonly conceded to male-redeemer figures.
In the centuries before the Spanish conquest in the early 1500s, the Aztecs of Mexico ritually sacrificed at least 20,000 people a year.
I never heard him rhapsodize about his youth, and I never heard him pledge fealty to an abstract "national purpose." If anything, he was relieved that none of his children was sacrificed to such a beast.
We were encouraged to venerate those who sacrificed for others, including fathers, who sacrificed in their jobs to provide for children, and mothers, who sacrificed of their time and energy to care for children.
(It would be an interesting phone call to make, at the least.) And with all these babies being sacrificed, where are the bodies?
Captives were often pitted against the conquering king in an ancient ballgame that was stacked in favor of the king; after inevitably losing the contest, captives were sacrificed and often decapitated.