What does martyr mean?

Definitions for martyr
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


  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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MARTYRnoun

    One who by his death bears witness to the truth.

    Etymology: μάρτυϱ; martyr, French.

    Prayers and tears may serve a good man’s turn; if not to conquer as a soldier, yet to suffer as a martyr. Charles I .

    Thus could not the mouths of worthy martyrs be silenced. Brown.

    Nearer heav’n his virtues shone more bright,
    Like rising flames expanding in their height,
    The martyr ’s glory crown’d the soldier’s fight. Dryden.

    To be a martyr signifies only to witness the truth of Christ; but the witnessing of the truth was then so generally attended with persecution, that martyrdom now signifies not only to witness, but to witness by death. Robert South, Sermons.

    The first martyr for Christianity was encouraged, in his last moments, by a vision of that divine person for whom he suffered. Joseph Addison, on the Christian Religion.

    Truth’s early champion, martyr for his God. James Thomson.

  2. To Martyrverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    You could not beg for grace.
    Hark wretches, how I mean to martyr you:
    This one hand yet is left to cut your throats. William Shakespeare.

    If to every common funeral,
    By your eyes martyr’d, such grace were allow’d,
    Your face would wear not patches, but a cloud. John Suckling.

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

  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

  3. Martyrverb

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

  4. Martyrverb

    to persecute; to torment; to torture

  5. Etymology: [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

    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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  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. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    The state can easily destroy religion, but religion cannot do the same with the state. Therefore, defend and secure the freedom of your state before you want to become a martyr of your religion.

  2. Charles Caleb Colton:

    He that dies a martyr proves that he was not a knave, but by no means that he was not a fool.

  3. Mohammed:

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

  4. Allah Nazar:

    They've turned Baluchistan into a slaughterhouse. And the Baluch nation will hold these perpetrators accountable for each and every drop of Baluch martyr's blood.

  5. Manuel Oliver:

    What the hell does it matter how I feel? This isn't about me, this is about my kid, joaquin's picture is a protest. Joaquin is a martyr, killed by a murderer who was endorsed by system that allows these things to happen.

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