Definitions for: Sake

[n] a reason for wanting something done; "for your sake"; "died for the sake of his country"; "in the interest of safety"; "in the common interest"
[n] the purpose of achieving or obtaining; "for the sake of argument"
[n] Japanese beverage from fermented rice usually served hot

Webster (1913) Definition: Sake (s[=a]k), n. [OE. sake cause, also, lawsuit, fault,
AS. sacu strife, a cause or suit at law; akin to D. zaak
cause, thing, affair, G. sache thing, cause in law, OHG.
sahha, Icel. s["o]k, Sw. sak, Dan. sag, Goth. sakj[=o]
strife, AS. sacan to contend, strive, Goth. sakam, Icel. saka
to contend, strive, blame, OHG. sahhan, MHG. sachen, to
contend, strive, defend one's right, accuse, charge in a
lawsuit, and also to E. seek. Cf. Seek.]
Final cause; end; purpose of obtaining; cause; motive;
reason; interest; concern; account; regard or respect; --
used chiefly in such phrases as, for the sake of, for his
sake, for man's sake, for mercy's sake, and the like; as, to
commit crime for the sake of gain; to go abroad for the sake
of one's health.

Moved with wrath and shame and ladies' sake. --Spenser.

I will not again curse the ground any more for man's
sake. --Gen. viii.

Will he draw out, For anger's sake, finite to infinite?

Knowledge is for the sake of man, and not man for the
sake of knowledge. --Sir W.

Note: The -s of the possessive case preceding sake is
sometimes omitted for euphony; as, for goodness sake.
``For conscience sake.'' --1 Cor. x. 28. The plural
sakes is often used with a possessive plural. ``For
both our sakes.'' --Shak.

Synonyms: interest, saki

See Also: aim, behalf, benefit, design, intent, intention, purpose, rice, vino, welfare, wine

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