Associations to the word «Martyr»

Wiktionary

MARTYR, noun. One who willingly accepts being put to death for adhering openly to one's religious beliefs; notably, saints canonized after martyrdom.
MARTYR, noun. (by extension) One who sacrifices his or her life, station, or something of great personal value, for the sake of principle or to sustain a cause.
MARTYR, noun. (with a prepositional phrase of cause) One who suffers greatly and/or constantly, even involuntarily.
MARTYR, verb. (transitive) To make someone into a martyr by putting him or her to death for adhering to, or acting in accordance with, some belief, especially religious; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.
MARTYR, verb. (transitive) To persecute.
MARTYR, verb. (transitive) To torment; to torture.

Dictionary definition

MARTYR, noun. One who suffers for the sake of principle.
MARTYR, noun. One who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion.
MARTYR, verb. Kill as a martyr; "Saint Sebastian was martyred".
MARTYR, verb. Torture and torment like a martyr.

Wise words

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