Definitions of martyr

  1. kill as a martyr; " Saint Sebastian was martyred"
  2. one who suffers for the sake of principle
  3. one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion
  4. make into a martyr
  5. torture and torment like a martyr
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. To put to death for adhering to some belief, esp. Christianity; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.
  9. To persecute; to torment; to torture.
  10. One who dies for a faith, cause, or principle; one who suffers keenly, especially for a cause or principle.
  11. To put to death for loyalty to some belief, especially Christianity.
  12. One who by his death bears witness to the truth: one who suffers for his belief.
  13. To put to death for one's belief.
  14. One who suffers death for his belief; a sufferer.
  15. To put to death because of one's faith; persecute.
  16. One who suffers death for his faith or for any cherished object.
  17. One who, by his death, bears witness to the sincerity of his faith.
  18. One who bears witness to his belief by suffering persecution or death for it, especially applied to religious belief; one who suffers persecution or death in defence of any cause; one suffering from some severe bodily disease beyond ordinary.
  19. To subject to extreme persecution, or to put to death, on account of belief or opinions; to torment; to murder.

Usage examples for martyr

  1. You must not become a martyr to a prejudice- I simply cannot hear the idea. – The Coming Conquest of England by August Niemann
  2. But there are the qualifications of the martyr in Mrs. Macartney." – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  3. Another girl in Peggy's position might have blamed Arthur in return, and regarded herself as a martyr but that was not Peggy's way. – More About Peggy by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  4. I rather rejoiced then in the opportunity which was now about to present itself of entering the prison, not in the character of a visitor for an hour, but as a martyr and as one suffering in the holy cause of religion. – The Bible in Spain by George Borrow
  5. Make me a martyr to the sorrows of Italy once more." – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. You are, in our eyes, a noble martyr – Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker
  7. " Don't try to make yourself out a martyr Morgan," said he. – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  8. I was trying to fight my poor, dear, injured, darling brother's battle, and to make things happier for him, and if I'm a martyr through it, I will be, and I don't care a pin." – The Star-Gazers by George Manville Fenn
  9. Yet there was a sad patient look on his face, as though he was a martyr – The Money Master, Volume 3. by Gilbert Parker
  10. The grateful bishop buried him in the church with much pomp; he declared him to be a martyr and a saint, and gave him the name of St. Thaumasius. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12) by S. Rappoport
  11. The Lord took your father to himself as a martyr your mother has dedicated herself to Heaven. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. As a fellow- martyr I realize just how Jim has been up against it- again! – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  13. Although I could have kissed the ground which she trod upon, and have suffered the torments of a martyr for her sake, it was with the pleasure of a demon that I witnessed my success, and hailed her falling off from religion and from virtue. – The Pacha of Many Tales by Captain Frederick Marryat
  14. To have her husband recognized as a martyr – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  15. Then the mystery lay clear: The abhorred one was a martyr all the time, A saint whereof earth was not worthy. – Studies in Literature by John Morley
  16. The Pope would not resist them, and no one in his city thought it his business to die a martyr to such a cause. – Rome by Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker Hope Malleson
  17. Lady Peggy's new name for this poor child is the Martyr Knight. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  18. " Tell me my sins at once, brigadier," cried Noah, with the look of a martyr and put me out of pain." – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  19. But her mother Theoclia gave no credit to the things which were said by the martyr Thecla. – The Forbidden Gospels and Epistles, Complete by Archbishop Wake
  20. Don't let them talk you into making a martyr of yourself, or any nonsense of that sort. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts