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θῠσί-α, Ion. -ιη, ἡ, (θύω) prop. burnt-offering, sacrifice, mostly in pl., v.l. in Batr.176, cf. Emp.128.6, etc.; ἐν θυσίησι εἶναι Hdt.8.99; θυσίαισι δέκεσθαί τινα Pi.P.5.86, cf. I.5(4).30; θυσίῃσι ἱλάσκεσθαι τὸν θεόν Hdt.1.50, cf. 6.105; θυσίας ἔρδειν, ἐπιτελέειν, ἀνάγειν, Id.1.131, 2.63,60: also in sg., θυσίαν ποιεῖσθαι, θύειν, Pl.Smp.174c, R.362c; ἄγειν Id.Alc.2.148e; θ. σωτηρίου, αἰνέσεως, τῆς τελειώσεως, LXXLe.3.1, 7.2, Ex.29.34; of the gods, θυσίαν δέχεσθαι A.Th.701 (lyr.).

2. mode of sacrifice, θ. ἡ αὐτὴ πᾶσι κατέστηκε Hdt.4.60, cf. 2.39.

3. festival, at which sacrifices were offered, Pl.Phd.61b, Ti.26e, al.; θ. καὶ διαγωγαὶ τοῦ συζῆν Arist.Pol.1280b37, cf. EN1160a20; περὶ τῶν ἐν Ῥόδῳ θ., title of work by Theognis Hist.

b. generally, rite, ceremony, Plu.2.693f, Thes.20.

II. victim, offering, Plu.2.184f, Luc. Sacr.12.