I am looking for a positive synonym for the word sacrifice. Something that highlights the positive qualities needed to sacrifice the old and go with the new.

  • The word sacrifice has four or five meanings as a noun, and a similar number as a verb. Which meaning do you want? Jul 2, 2013 at 20:39
  • I'd say sacrifice is always seen as promising a profitable outcome (a 'meaningless sacrifice' is when one calculates wrongly). 'Self-sacrificial' means one is putting the good of others before one's own (usually temporary) state. Jul 2, 2013 at 22:14
  • Could you not just call it Acceptance? It's not really a sacrifice if you'd be better of migrating.
    – Carl Smith
    Jul 7, 2013 at 1:30

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"Trade up" and "modernize", within certain contexts address the concept of replacing old with new but they do not express any pain associated with that exchange. The best word I can think of is your subject word, "sacrifice", used in conjunction with another word or two to make a very clear expression such as:

"Sacrificing familiarity for speed and added functionality"


"Giving up his __ for a newer model was a small price to pay"


"Creative destruction" is the term in an economical context.


Based on your explanation, which is subtly different than the title, such a change might be described as



Fresh start

for that sense of "out with the old, in with the new".


What about "giving one's life"?

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