- 1A person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs: the first Christian martyrMore example sentences
- Rather, martyrdom only makes sense when one takes seriously the martyrs ' religiosity.
- French and Dutch Protestants claimed new martyrs in the religious and civil wars convulsing their countries.
- He dies more or less a martyr to save a Christian friend.
- 1.1A person who displays or exaggerates their discomfort or distress in order to obtain sympathy: she wanted to play the martyrMore example sentences
- Those who love to play the martyr submerge their own personalities. They devote a lifetime to unnecessary servitude and privation.
- He seemed to embrace the role of the free-speech martyr.
- Don't let yourself become attached to a martyr complex.
- 1.2 (martyr to) A constant sufferer from (an ailment): I’m a martyr to migraine!More example sentences
- Mr. Brown, who owned a china shop in Michigan, was a martyr to headaches.
- Ever since he first stood upright, man has been a martyr to his back.
- It is a martyr to mildew however and I have found it grows best in damp soil with shade for at least part of the day.
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- 1Kill (someone) because of their beliefs: she was martyred for her faithMore example sentences
- ‘Our two security guards were martyred and the suicide bomber was killed,’ said the witness.
- He fought tooth and nail with terrorists killing three of them, but at last he was martyred.
- However, in 1539 he was martyred, being burnt alive in Innsbruck on direct orders from Emperor Ferdinand I.
- 1.1Cause great pain or distress to: there was no need to martyr themselves againMore example sentences
- Her poor, martyred heart is then subjected to all the glorious pains of unfulfilled love we associate with the Petrarchan traditions of the late Elizabethan era.
- Only fools martyr themselves needlessly.
- You have the right to martyr yourself if you like, but NO ONE has the right to martyr their children!
martyrization (also martyrisation)
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- Such a move would shatter the possibility for martyrization within the community. He could take his life, but not by his own hands.
- In each case, government persecution contributed to martyrization of the individuals and their value systems.
- At the same time, a martyrization effect occurs, often seen in hostages and prostitutes who have encountered sexual or mental violence for long periods.
martyrize (also martyrise)
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- Of course, we need * real * good material and people prepared to be lynched and martyrized as good precursors always are.
- Those who know Parisian life will readily understand how a woman of her temperament suffered, and was martyrized at heart by the scantiness of her pecuniary means.
- The Apostle James (the Elder) James was martyrized, and his body miraculously ended up in Spain.
Old English martir, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek martur 'witness' (in Christian use, 'martyr').