Definitions for martyrˈmɑr tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mar•tyrˈmɑr tər(n.)

  1. a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.

    Category: Religion

  2. a person who is put to death or suffers on behalf of a cause.

  3. a person who undergoes severe or constant suffering.

  4. (v.t.)to make a martyr of, esp. by putting to death.

  5. to torment; torture.

Origin of martyr:

bef. 900; OE martyr < LL < LGk mártyr, var. of Gk mártys, witness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. martyr, sufferer(noun)

    one who suffers for the sake of principle

  2. martyr(verb)

    one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion

  3. martyr(verb)

    kill as a martyr

    "Saint Sebastian was martyred"

  4. martyr, martyrize, martyrise(verb)

    torture and torment like a martyr


  1. martyr(Noun)

    One who sacrifices his or her life, station, or what is of great value to him or her, for the sake of principle or to sustain a cause.

    Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

  2. martyr(Noun)

    One who willingly accepts being put to death for adhering openly to one's religious beliefs; notably, saints canonized after martyrdom.

    Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

  3. martyr(Noun)

    (with a prepositional phrase of cause) One who suffers greatly and/or constantly, even involuntarily.

    Stan is a martyr to arthritis, Chris a martyr to Stan's endless moaning about it.

  4. martyr(Verb)

    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.

  5. martyr(Verb)

    To persecute.

    Some religious and other minorities were martyred until extinction.

  6. martyr(Verb)

    To torment; to torture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Martyr(noun)

    one who, by his death, bears witness to the truth of the gospel; one who is put to death for his religion; as, Stephen was the first Christian martyr

  2. Martyr(noun)

    hence, one who sacrifices his life, his station, or what is of great value to him, for the sake of principle, or to sustain a cause

  3. Martyr(verb)

    to put to death for adhering to some belief, esp. Christianity; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession

  4. Martyr(verb)

    to persecute; to torment; to torture


  1. Martyr

    A martyr is somebody who suffers persecution and death for advocating, refusing to renounce, and/or refusing to advocate a belief or cause, usually a religious one.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. martyr

    Any man who is willing to sacrifice others for his "cause."

Translations for martyr

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who suffers death or hardship for what he or she believes

St Joan is said to have been a martyr.

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