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Etymology Word of the Week

Director of Admissions Pat O'Rourke '90, a self-proclaimed "word nerd," brings you his Etymology Word of the Week. Every other week he presents an online Etymology lesson just for fun!

Etymology Word of the Week – As some of you know, in addition to working in the Admissions Office, I also teach Latin at Saint Ignatius and am something of a "word nerd."  Thus, each week, I’ll sneak a vocabulary word (sometimes derived from Latin, sometimes not) into the e-blast.  Here then is this week’s edition of the Etymology Word of the Week.  

Sacrifice - “the offering of something (especially a life) to a deity as an act of propitiation, homage, etc.”  Combines the Latin adjective sacer, sacra, sacrum meaning “sacred, holy” and the Latin verb facere, factum meaning “make, do.”  (All information is from, and/or

RELATED WORDS/PHRASES – consecrate, sacrament, sacre bleu, sacrilege, sacristy, sacrosanct; manufacture, beneficial, factotum, perfect, and many, many more 

SAMPLE SENTENCE: “Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice when He died for our sins after being crucified by Roman soldiers.”