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I. Religious Studies

The word sacrifice denotes both the living creature or offering sacrificed and the ritual action (e.g. destruction) through which that creature or object is dedicated to a supernatural being. If a distinction needs to be made, English and the Romance languages can use sacrifice (Eng. and Fr.; sacrificio Ital. and Span.) for the ritual action while using victim (Fr. victime, Span. víctima, It…

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Borgeaud, Philippe, Marx, Alfred, Chaniotis, Angelos, Bremmer, Jan N., Moscovitz, Leib, Kraus, Wolfgang, Gestrich, Christof, Meßner, Reinhard, Berger, Lutz and Michaels, Axel, “Sacrifice”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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