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self-sacrifice

Syllabification: self-sac·ri·fice

Definition of self-sacrifice in English:

noun

The giving up of one’s own interests or wishes in order to help others or to advance a cause.
Example sentences
  • It is about dedication and self-sacrifice to the ideal of national freedom.
  • The market economy invests heavily in and rewards individualism, not self-sacrifice and altruism, the lifeblood of the family.
  • I believe they imparted a bottom-line idea of morality derived from self-sacrifice, respect and immutable values.
Synonyms
self-discipline, abstinence, asceticism, abnegation, self-deprivation, moderation, austerity, temperance, abstention

Derivatives

self-sacrificial

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • It's about the redemption of evil by self-sacrificial love.
  • The three-step walk is the most humble and self-sacrificial way for Buddhists to demonstrate their most sincere hope for what they hope to achieve as believers.
  • While there may be instances where such self-sacrificial love is appropriate, it is not an absolute duty.

self-sacrificing

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • I'm not in this to be noble and self-sacrificing and it's taken a significant toll on my own work and on family life.
  • As for the widow's mite, we have praised her devotion a zillion times, but none of us really wants a whole congregation full of generously self-sacrificing poor people, do we?
  • Such self-sacrificing acts of altruism require an explanation, because they seem to contradict what is expected in a world shaped by natural selection

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