play the martyr


: to act like someone who deserves admiration or sympathy because of being badly treated

Examples of play the martyr in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, watch out for an inclination to play the martyr or savior today, as you may feel called to sacrifice your own needs for someone else’s. Tarot Astrologers,, 18 Sep. 2020

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“Play the martyr.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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