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.
Some religious and other minorities were martyred until extinction.
Stan is a martyr to arthritis, Chris a martyr to Stan's endless moaning about it.
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 Î¼Î¬ÏÏ„Ï…Ï (martyr), later form of Î¼Î¬ÏÏ„Ï…Ï‚ (martus, “witness").