What does martyr mean?

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ˈmɑr tərmar·tyr

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. martyr, sufferernoun

    one who suffers for the sake of principle

  2. martyrverb

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

  3. martyrverb

    kill as a martyr

    "Saint Sebastian was martyred"

  4. martyr, martyrize, martyriseverb

    torture and torment like a martyr

Wiktionary

  1. martyrnoun

    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. martyrnoun

    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. martyrnoun

    (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. martyrverb

    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. martyrverb

    To persecute.

    Some religious and other minorities were martyred until extinction.

  6. martyrverb

    To torment; to torture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Martyrnoun

    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

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

  2. Martyrnoun

    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

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

  3. Martyrverb

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

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

  4. Martyrverb

    to persecute; to torment; to torture

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

Freebase

  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

    A witness of limitless faith that will take them to places they rather not go.

    Submitted by anonymous on December 12, 2020  
  2. martyr

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

    Submitted by rinat on July 17, 2019  

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Numerology

  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. Matt Bellina:

    Even if [a cure] doesn’t happen in my lifetime, doesn’t save me, which I hope it does, I’m not trying to be a martyr, at the very least, you know it was worth it because this thing just can’t go on forever.

  2. Qassem Soleimani:

    When the battle is over , the warrior claps his hands sorrowfully for he has lost and the martyr has won.

  3. Ryan Pack:

    You say monster, I say martyr. You say murder, I say self-defense. You say legal, I say bad policy.

  4. Burgess Owens:

    What this young man does n’t understand is the very first martyr for freedom in our country was a black man, he does n’t understand the Tuskegee airmen, who had hundreds of battles over the skies of Germany so he can sit and be ignorant as he wants to be today.

  5. Hatice Cengiz:

    Jamal Khashoggi is a martyr for the struggle for democracy and freedom in our part of the world. I want to bury the body of my beloved Jamal -- Jamal Khashoggi -- surrounded by the prayers of his friends and loved ones. I want to know : Where is his body ? i believe that the Saudi regime knows where his body is... I want justice to be served. Not only for those who murdered my beloved Jamal, but for those who organized it and gave the order for it.

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