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martyr

noun mar·tyr \ ˈmär-tər \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of martyr

1 : a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion
2 : a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle
  • a martyr to the cause of freedom
3 : victim; especially : a great or constant sufferer
  • a martyr to asthma all his life
  • —A. J. Cronin

martyrization

play \ˌmär-tə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

martyrize

play \ˈmär-tə-ˌrīz\ transitive verb

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Origin and Etymology of martyr

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

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martyr

verb

Definition of martyr

transitive verb
1 : to put to death for adhering to a belief, faith, or profession
2 : to inflict agonizing pain on : torture

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Origin and Etymology of martyr



MARTYR Defined for English Language Learners

martyr

noun

Definition of martyr for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


martyr

verb

Definition of martyr for English Language Learners

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


MARTYR Defined for Kids

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martyr

noun mar·tyr \ ˈmär-tər \

Definition of martyr for Students

: a person who suffers greatly or dies rather than give up his or her religion or principles

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martyr

verb

Definition of martyr for Students

martyred; martyring
: to put to death for refusing to give up a belief


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