Is "en aras de" the accepted translation of "for the sake of"?

Say you want to translate something like this:

they are fighting for the sake of their freedom

Would this make sense?

ellos luchan en aras de su libertad

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Yes, that would be acceptable.

"en aras de" means something like "in the interest of", "because of" - which is how "for the sake of" is defined as well.

Instead of "en aras de" you might use "por":

ellos luchan por su libertad

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    Argentinian here - the translation is correct, but you don't say "en aras de". It's not a common expression to use at this latitudes. You may only hear that in a written speech or ad or something like that - a really pre-thought phrase, nothing natural. Dec 15, 2016 at 14:17
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    It may depend on the context of the translation; if it's a "formal" or "literary" translation, "en aras de" or "en pos de" can work. If it's meant for verbal communication, "por" would be better (greetings from Mexico)
    – Barranka
    Dec 15, 2016 at 14:46
  • @mgarciaisaia Agreed. Never ever heard it spoken before.
    – xji
    Dec 16, 2016 at 20:48

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