human sacrifice

human sacrifice
   the dismissal of employees
   Punning on ancient rites to propitiate the gods:
    Sometimes human sacrifice is appropriate, but we have not quite reached that point yet. (Daily Telegraph, 20 November 1998 — shares in a company had hit a fourteenyear low)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • Human sacrifice — is the act of homicide (the killing of one or several human beings) in the context of a religious ritual (ritual killing). Its typology closely parallels the various practices of ritual slaughter of animals (animal sacrifice) and of religious… …   Wikipedia

  • human sacrifice — Offering of the life of a human being to a god. In some ancient cultures, the killing of a human being, or the substitution of an animal for a person, was an attempt to commune with the god and to participate in the divine life. It also sometimes …   Universalium

  • HUMAN SACRIFICE —    although some ANTHROPOLOGISTS have attempted to deny its REALITY there seems no doubt that human sacrifice has played an important role in many religious systems and continues to this day to exercise remarkable appeal throughout both Africa… …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • human sacrifice — human being sacrificed in a religious ritual …   English contemporary dictionary

  • human sacrifice — noun the killing of one or more human beings as part of religious ritual …   Wiktionary

  • Human sacrifice in Aztec culture — Human sacrifice was an aspect of historical Aztec culture/religion, although the extent of the practice is debated by scholars. The Spaniards who first met the Aztecs explicitly stated in their writings that human sacrifice was widely practiced… …   Wikipedia

  • Human Sacrifice (album) — Infobox Album Name = Human Sacrifice Type = album Artist = Vengeance Rising Released = 1988 Recorded = 1988 California, United States Genre = Thrash metal Death metal Length = 36:29 Label = Intense Records Producer = Reviews = *Cross Rhythms… …   Wikipedia

  • Celts and human sacrifice — The Celts practised human sacrifice [ The Religion of the Ancient Celts , J. A. MacCulloch, ch xvi, 1911, retrieved 24 May 2007. [http://www.sacred 849] ] on a limited scale as part of their religious rituals.… …   Wikipedia

  • Sacrifice — (from a Middle English verb meaning to make sacred , from Old French, from Latin sacrificium : sacr , sacred + facere , to make ) is commonly known as the practice of offering food, objects (typically valuables), or the lives of animals or people …   Wikipedia

  • Sacrifice — • This term is identical with the English offering (Latin offerre) and the German Opfer Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Sacrifice     Sacrifice      …   Catholic encyclopedia

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