Sacrament vs Sacrifice - What's the difference?

sacrament | sacrifice |

As nouns the difference between sacrament and sacrifice

is that sacrament is (islam) the rites in the five pillars of islam while sacrifice is the offering of anything to a god; consecratory rite.

As a verb sacrifice is

to offer (something) as a gift to a deity.




(en noun)
  • (Islam) The rites in the five pillars of Islam.
  • * 1978 , Kenneth Cragg, Islam and the Muslim , page 62
  • * 1992 , Jeffrey J. Coonjohn, Stories from the front, Page 62
  • (Christianity) A sacred act or ceremony in Christianity. In Roman Catholic theology, a sacrament is defined as "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."
  • The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a mystery.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • God sometimes sent a light of fire, and pillar of a cloud and the sacrament of a rainbow, to guide his people through their portion of sorrows.
  • The oath of allegiance taken by soldiers in Ancient Rome; hence, a sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation; a solemn oath-taking; an oath.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I'll take the sacrament on 't.

    See also

    * The Roman Catholic and Eastern churches list seven sacraments: *
  • baptism
  • *
  • confirmation
  • *
  • communion, Mass, or Eucharist
  • *
  • penance
  • *
  • extreme unction
  • *
  • holy orders, or ordination
  • *
  • matrimony
  • * The Protestant churches list two sacraments: *
  • baptism
  • *
  • Lord's Supper
  • * anointing of the sick * Extreme Unction * eucharist * Eucharistic liturgy * Holy Eucharist * Holy Sacrament * last rites * Liturgy * Lord's Supper * sacrament of the Eucharist * (wikipedia "sacrament") ----



  • To offer (something) as a gift to a deity.
  • To give away (something valuable) to get at least a possibility to gain something else of value (such as self-respect, trust, love, freedom, prosperity), or to avoid an even greater loss.
  • * “Don’t you break my heart / ’Cause I sacrifice to make you happy.” - From the song Baby Don’t You Do It by Marvin Gaye
  • * “God sacrificed His only-begotten Son, so that all people might have eternal life.” (a paraphrase of John 3:16).
  • * Prior
  • Condemned to sacrifice his childish years / To babbling ignorance, and to empty fears.
  • * G. Eliot
  • The Baronet had sacrificed a large sum making this boy his heir.
  • To trade (a value of higher worth) for one of lesser worth in order to gain something else valued more such as an ally or business relationship or to avoid an even greater loss; to sell without profit to gain something other than money.
  • * (Ayn Rand), Atlas Shrugged
  • If you exchange a penny for a dollar, it is not a sacrifice ; if you exchange a dollar for a penny, it is.
  • (chess) To intentionally give up (a piece) in order to improve one’s position on the board.
  • (baseball) To advance (a runner on base) by batting the ball so it can be caught or fielded, placing the batter out, but with insufficient time to put the runner out.
  • To sell at a price less than the cost or actual value.
  • To destroy; to kill.
  • (Johnson)


    * (sell without profit) sell at a loss

    Derived terms

    * sacrificial


    (en noun)
  • The offering of anything to a god; consecratory rite.
  • * Milton
  • Great pomp, and sacrifice , and praises loud, / To Dagon.
  • Destruction or surrender of anything for the sake of something else; devotion of some desirable object in behalf of a higher object, or to a claim deemed more pressing.
  • the sacrifice of one's spare time in order to volunteer
  • Something sacrificed.
  • * Milton
  • Moloch, horrid king, besmeared with blood / Of human sacrifice .
  • (baseball) A play in which the batter is intentionally out in order that runners can advance around the bases.
  • A loss of profit.
  • (slang, dated) A sale at a price less than the cost or the actual value.