fac-, facil-, fact-, feas-, -feat, -fect, -feit, -facient, -faction, -fic-, -fy, -ficate, -fication
(Latin: to make, to do, to build, to cause, to produce; forming, shaping)
2. A loss incurred by giving away or selling something below its value: The food store made many sacrifices in the prices of its products so more people could survive the aftermath of the hurricanes.
3. An offering to honor or to appease a god or gods; especially, of a ritually slaughtered animal or person: Descriptions of human sacrifices by some of the ancient civilizations in Central and South America reveal how extensive such slaughters took place.
4. In chess, an act or instance of allowing or forcing an opponent to take one of the pieces or pawns so the player can gain an advantageous position: As a clever player, Hans would often set up a sacrifice so his opponent would ultimately lose the game.
5. Etymology: from Old French sacrifise; from Latin sacrificium, from sacrificus, "performing priestly functions or sacrifices"; from sacra, "sacred rites"; from sacer, "sacred" + root of facere, "to do, to perform"; in other words, sacrifice means "to make holy".
Certain sacrifices are offerings to honor or to appease a god or gods; especially, of a ritually slaughtered animal or human being as practiced in certain cultures in the past.
2. Used in or connected with an act of giving up something one values for the sake of something that is considered to be of greater importance: Madeline Jason made a sacrificial commitment to give her entire estate to a university in memory of her son who had attended there and who had died in a hiking accident.
2. The action of consecrating or setting apart as holy or for a sacred use or purpose; hallowing (rendering holy by means of religious rites).
2. Affecting holiness; sanctimonious.
3. Of things, holy or consecrated; rendered spiritually profitable.
4. Of ground, buildings, etc. that are consecrated or hallowed; that is, setting apart for sacred purposes; consecrating; devoting to religious exercises.
2. To honor as holy; to ascribe holiness to.
3. To manifest (God, his might, etc.) as holy.
4. To consecrate (a thing); to set apart as holy or sacred.
5. To keep (a day, etc.) holy; to keep or to observe as holy.
6. To make (a person) holy, to purify or free from sin; to cause to undergo sanctification.
7. Chiefly in the Old Testament, to free from ceremonial impurity.
8. To render holy, impart sanctity to (a thing, quality, action or condition); to render legitimate or binding by a religious sanction.
Motto of Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Motto of Crosier Seminary Junior College, Onamia, Minnesota, USA.
2. A quality perceptible to the sense of taste; flavor.
2. The fulfillment or gratification of a desire, a need, or an appetite.
3. Happiness with the way that something has been arranged or done; including, the fulfillment of a need, a claim, or a desire.
2. Relating to fulfilling certain achievements: Sharon's motives for not going to school yesterday have never been satisfactorily explained.