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sacrifice +‎ -er


sacrificer (plural sacrificers)

  1. Someone who sacrifices, one who makes a sacrifice.
    • c. 1599,, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene 1,[1]
      Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,
      To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,
      Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;
      For Antony is but a limb of Caesar:
      Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius.
    • 1631, John Donne, “To the Countesse of Bedford” in Poems, London: John Marriot, 1633, p. ,[2]
      In this you’have made the Court the Antipodes,
      And will’d your Delegate, the vulgar Sunne,
      To doe profane autumnall offices,
      Whilst here to you, wee sacrificers runne;
    • 1717, John Dryden (translator), Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Fifteen Books, London: Jacob Tonson, Book 12, p. 418,[3]
      So, when some brawny Sacrificer knocks,
      Before an Altar led, an offer’d Ox,
      His Eye-balls rooted out, are thrown to Ground;
    • 1908, Helen Keller, The World I Live In, New York: Century, Chapter 3, p. 35,[4]
      [] no sacrifice is valid unless the sacrificer lay his hand upon the head of the victim.


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  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of sacrificō