Martyr definition

märtər
One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause, or principle.
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A person who suffers great pain or misery for a long time.
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To make a martyr of, especially to put to death for devotion to religious beliefs.
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To put to death or torture for adherence to a belief.
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A person who assumes an attitude of self-sacrifice or suffering in order to arouse feelings of pity, guilt, etc. in others.
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The definition of a martyr is a person who is killed because of his beliefs (especially religious beliefs), or a person who exaggerates his sacrifice to get sympathy.

A religious person who refuses to deny his religion and is killed for it is an example of a martyr.

A person who takes care of his aging parents but who makes sure everyone knows just how difficult it is is an example of a martyr.

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One who chooses to suffer death rather than renounce religious principles.
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One who makes a great show of suffering in order to arouse sympathy.
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One who willingly accepts being put to death for adhering openly to one's religious beliefs; notably, saints canonized after martyrdom.

Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

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(by extension) One who sacrifices his or her life, station, or something of great personal value, for the sake of principle or to sustain a cause.
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One who endures great suffering.

A martyr to arthritis.

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Any of those persons who choose to suffer or die rather than give up their faith or principles.
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To torture; make suffer greatly; persecute.
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(with a prepositional phrase of cause) One who suffers greatly and/or constantly, even involuntarily.

Stan is a martyr to arthritis, Chris a martyr to Stan's endless moaning about it.

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One who is killed or suffers greatly because of an identity or position, e.g., a young prince killed when his father, the king, is deposed for the purpose of preventing the restoration of the monarchy later.
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The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart.

Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart. "” Spenser.

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Any person tortured or killed because of his or her beliefs.
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To make someone into a martyr by putting him or her to death for adhering to, or acting in accordance with, some belief, especially religious; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.
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Some religious and other minorities were martyred until extinction.

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To inflict great pain on; torment.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
martyr
Plural:
martyrs

Origin of martyr

  • Middle English from Old English from Late Latin from Late Greek martur from Greek martus martur- witness

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English, itself from Ecclesiastical Latin martyr, from Ancient Greek μάρτυρ (martyr), later form of μάρτυς (martus, “witness").

    From Wiktionary