transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
Origin of martyrizeMiddle English martirizen from Ecclesiastical Late Latin martyrizare
transitive verbmar·tyr·ized, mar·tyr·iz·ing, mar·tyr·iz·es
(third-person singular simple present martyrizes, present participle martyrizing, simple past and past participle martyrized)
- To make a martyr of (someone).
- The Roman emperor Decius is mainly remembered for the many Christians martyrized on his orders
a martyr (ultimately from Greek (martys) 'witness') + -ize