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martyr

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noun mar·tyr \ˈmär-tər\

Simple Definition of martyr

  • : a person who is killed or who suffers greatly for a religion, cause, etc.

  • : a person who pretends to suffer or who exaggerates suffering in order to get praise or sympathy

  • : a person who suffers greatly from something (such as an illness)

Full Definition of martyr

  1. 1 :  a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion

  2. 2 :  a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle

  3. 3 :  victim; especially :  a great or constant sufferer <a martyr to asthma all his life — A. J. Cronin>

mar·tyr·i·za·tion play \ˌmär-tə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
mar·tyr·ize play \ˈmär-tə-ˌrīz\ transitive verb

Origin of martyr

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek martyr-, martys witness


First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with martyr


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martyr

verb mar·tyr

Simple Definition of martyr

  • : to kill (someone) for refusing to give up a belief or cause

Full Definition of martyr

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put to death for adhering to a belief, faith, or profession

  3. 2 :  to inflict agonizing pain on :  torture

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of martyr

before 12th century




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