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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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His claim, "every other (one) is every (bit) other," or "tout autre est tout autre," means that "I cannot respond to the call, the request, the obligation, or even the love of another without sacrificing the other other, the other others.
12) What's wrong with it is that such a scenario makes Abraham a pagan, sacrificing to a pagan god, just like his father used to do before Abraham was commanded by God to leave that society.
According to Battin, self-sacrifice (of which Christ's death serves as one model) defines situations "in which one person directly benefits another by sacrificing his or her own life in order to spare the life or to promote the welfare of someone else" (101).
To imagine Sarah sacrificing Isaac would be contrary to the dignity of the life-giving vocation of woman, spiritually, psychologically and biologically.
There were new goals and causes of the religious ritual of sacrificing in the Islamic world after the second year of the Hijrah (the year when the Prophet Muhammad moved from Mecca to Medina).
The story speaks to all of us--especially the waiting and the sacrificing parts of the story.
competitiveness if you could convince me that everyone else was fairly sacrificing and carrying his or her share of the load at the same time.
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They were always sacrificing themselves for our education.
Depending on how you define martyrdom--and readers offer at least a couple of different interpretations--it's not at all unusual to think about sacrificing yourself for something or someone else.
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God commanded Moses and Aaron to prepare their people for escape by sacrificing an unblemished male lamb, marking the side and upper door posts of each house with its blood.
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How much accountability, commitment and sacrificing are necessary?
model of parents sacrificing their lives for the sake of their children, so that their children will have the life they never had.