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A living being offered in sacrifice to God. The sacrifice implies that the victim is actually or equivalently given up as an act of adoration or of expiation to the Divine Majesty. The destruction of the victim is its immolation; the voluntary syrrender of the victim is the offering or oblation. Together they constitute the sacrifice.
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