For example, let’s say that, in return for a Ph.D., the hero had to give up ten years of life. I’d thought of calling that a blood price but maybe there’s a better word? Seems like maybe some Saxons or Picts would have worked some quite dramatic tradeoffs into their folklore – so, just like Irish folklore gave us the wonderful word geas, maybe there’s a short, non-Latin word for a … (substitute in for blood price) … .
- Anybody can ask a question
- Anybody can answer
- The best answers are voted up and rise to the top
The term sacrifice is used to convey the giving of something important. Originally used to refer to gifts to gods, it is now used in any context of a great giving, usually for a highly valued gain.
How about Pyrrhic? It doesn't have an implication of necessarily great gain, but the great cost is there.