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.
A martyr to arthritis.
Stan is a martyr to arthritis, Chris a martyr to Stan's endless moaning about it.
Other Word Forms
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").