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mar·tyr  audio  (märtr) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. One who chooses to suffer death rather than renounce religious principles.
  2. One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause, or principle.
    1. One who endures great suffering: a martyr to arthritis.
    2. One who makes a great show of suffering in order to arouse sympathy.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
mar·tyred, mar·tyr·ing, mar·tyrs
  1. To make a martyr of, especially to put to death for devotion to religious beliefs.
  2. To inflict great pain on; torment.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Late Greek martur, from Greek martus, martur-, witness


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