Sacrifice vs Sanguinary - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between sacrifice and sanguinary

is that sacrifice is the offering of anything to a god; consecratory rite while sanguinary is a bloodthirsty person.

As a verb sacrifice

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

As an adjective sanguinary is

(label) attended with bloodshed.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • 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.
  • sanguinary



    (en adjective)
  • (label) Attended with bloodshed.
  • * 1625 , , "Unity in Religion" (Google preview):
  • We may not propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences.
  • * 1887 , :
  • " every one of which took its rise from some noble family that succeeded in grasping the purple after a sanguinary struggle."
  • (label) Eager to shed blood; bloodthirsty.
  • * :
  • Passion makes us brutal and sanguinary .
  • * 1877 , Samuel Green, The Life of Mahomet: Founder of the Religion of Islamism and of the Empire of the Saracens with Notices of the History of Islamism and of Arabia , p. 126:
  • "The defence set up for Mahomet is equally availing for every sanguinary and revengeful tyrant; "
  • (label) Consisting of, covered with, or similar in appearance to blood.
  • * 1913 , :
  • Here is the premeditation, the thrill, the strain of accumulating victory or disaster—and no smashed nor sanguinary bodies , that we who are old enough to remember a real modern war know to be the reality of belligerence.

    Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with (sanguine). (term) means “optimistic”, while (term) means “bloodthirsty, gory”.


    * (attended with bloodshed) bloody, gory * (eager to shed blood) bloodthirsty, bloody-minded, butcherous, slaughterous * bloody, gory


  • A bloodthirsty person.
  • The plant yarrow, or herba sanguinaria .