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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

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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While the theoretical perspectives of Turner, Lambek, Bloch and Valeri differ somewhat in their assumptions about the social subjectivity of the sacrificer, there is enough overlap for me to list, in a preliminary way, some elements of a theory of sacrifice as history.
During this performance an aspect of the sacrificer that is identified with the victim is abandoned (killed) in order that new or enhanced life may be acquired
This emphasis on the act of sacrifice as well as the morality of the sacrificer shows that some early Chinese thinkers considered supernatural blessings to be the result of more than a mere calculation of one's morality or engagement in correct policies.
Indeed, even in the above mentioned example from Mozi, which the sacrificer expects too much in return for his pig, it is not the case that improper sacrifice jeopardizes one's potential rewards from above.
The redemption of the post by means of the chip must be compared with the redemption of the sacrificer (yajamana) through the immolation of an animal, which is an important conceptual motif in the Brahmanical exegesis of animal sacrifice.
You will find Self Sacrificers throughout nursing, but they are most recognisable during pay negotiations when they sit on the employers' side of the table.
Social Affairs minister discusses with Iran's head of Martyr Foundation cooperation to deliver humanitarian aid to martyrs The minister discussed with Head of the Martyrs and Sacrificers Foundation of Iran, Mohammad Ali Shahidi Mahalati, means of bilateral cooperation in the field of social and services establishments to deliver aid and necessary services to the martyrs' families.
Vedic and epic texts explain that the stars are ancient pious sacrificers transferred to the sky with their fireplaces.
Sacrificers manage resourcefulness at the shelf, selecting among competing products on the basis of unit price, shopping more store brands and eliminating convenience shopping.
Thus, he proclaims, "Let's be sacrificers, but not butchers" (166), for he would oppose "the spirit of Caesar" in which "there is no blood" (167, 168): "Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods, / Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds" (173-74).
It appears, then, that both sacrificers and sacrificed are portrayed on the portrait vessels.
Because the sacrificers took comfort, security, and even identity from this relationship, they understood their sacrifices as well worth while.
The abolition of warfare (despite occasional outbreaks of armed hostilities) and the abandonment of spirit houses had a profound effect, especially upon men who were warriors and animal sacrificers, an issue I will return to when discussing opa once the cults are considered.
THEY call themselves The Sacrificers - young men in white boiler suits, Arab headdress masking their faces and the inevitable Kalashnikov rifles in their hands.
In fact, Aristotle provides us with a plot-outline of the play: "A certain maiden was offered in sacrifice but disappeared, unbenonced to the sacrificers.