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I find myself very uncomfortable with the repeated use of the word sacrifice for members of the armed forces who die in war. I doubt that they deliberately offer themselves to be killed. If that is accepted then one might consider the traditional meaning of the word which would imply that they are offerings to the gods of war by those who pursue war for political, economic or religious reasons. I guess that the use of the word in the West is to draw an analogy with the death of Christ. Thus one comes to the idea of the the warrior as martyr. Perhaps not so different from the position of the jihadists who pursue death as martyrdom for their beliefs. So, much better to acknowledge and respect the soldiers and others who have died, and comfort the families for their loss. Drop the word sacrifice, it is too loaded. sacrifice ˈsakrɪfʌɪs/Submit noun 1. an act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to a deity. they offer sacrifices to the spirits synonyms: ritual slaughter, hecatomb, immolation, offering, oblation; More an animal, person, or object offered in the act of sacrifice. a flat cake offered by the Romans as a sacrifice to their gods synonyms: (votive) offering, gift, oblation, victim, burnt offering Abraham set out to offer Isaac as a sacrifice 2. CHRISTIAN CHURCH Christs offering of himself in the Crucifixion. the Eucharist regarded either (in Catholic terms) as a propitiatory offering of the body and blood of Christ or (in Protestant terms) as an act of thanksgiving. 3. an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy. we must all be prepared to make sacrifices synonyms: giving up, abandonment, surrender, foregoing, renouncing, renunciation, renouncement, forfeiture, loss, relinquishment, resignation, abdication, signing away, yielding, ceding, waiving More CHESS a move intended to allow the opponent to win a pawn or piece, for strategic or tactical reasons. BASEBALL a bunted or fly ball which puts the batter out but allows a base runner to advance. noun: sacrifice bunt; plural noun: sacrifice bunts; noun: sacrifice fly; plural noun: sacrifice flies BRIDGE a bid made in the belief that it will be less costly to be defeated in the contract than to allow the opponents to make a contract. noun: sacrifice bid; plural noun: sacrifice bids verb verb: sacrifice; 3rd person present: sacrifices; past tense: sacrificed; past participle: sacrificed; gerund or present participle: sacrificing 1. offer or kill as a religious sacrifice. the goat was sacrificed at the shrine synonyms: offer up, immolate, slaughter an ox and two goats were sacrificed 2. give up (something valued) for the sake of other considerations. working hard doesnt mean sacrificing your social life synonyms: give up, abandon, surrender, forgo, renounce, forfeit, relinquish, resign, abdicate, sign away, yield, cede, waive; More
Posted on: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:51:18 +0000

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