What does martyr mean?

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ˈmɑr tərmar·tyr

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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

  5. Origin: [AS., from L. martyr, Gr. ma`rtyr, ma`rtys, prop., a witness; cf. Skr. sm to remember, E. memory.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Martyr

    mär′tėr, n. one who by his death bears witness to the truth: one who suffers for his belief: one who suffers greatly from any cause.—v.t. to put to death for one's belief.—n. Mar′tyrdom, state of being a martyr: the sufferings or death of a martyr: torment generally.—v.t. Mar′tyrise (Browning), to offer as a sacrifice: to cause to suffer martyrdom.—adj. Martyrolog′ical.—ns. Martyrol′ogist; Martyrol′ogy, a history of martyrs: a discourse on martyrdom. [A.S.,—L.,—Gr., a witness.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. martyr

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

Editors Contribution

  1. martyr

    martyr is someone who was killed. often due to their religious beliefs.

    Submitted by rinat on July 17, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of martyr in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of martyr in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of martyr in a Sentence

  1. Burhan Wani:

    I wish I got martyr and I dont fear death..

  2. Hussein Hussein:

    The nicest areas are the martyr's shrines and mosques.

  3. Mohammed:

    The ink of a scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.

  4. Mohammad:

    The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.

  5. John Barth:

    It is often pleasant to stone a martyr, no matter how much we admire him.

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