The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Anything of value given away to secure the possession of something of still higher value, and which is the greater and more meritorious the costlier the gift.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Sacrifice'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/s/sacrifice.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.