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Definition of Martyr

Martyr

  1. 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. 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. To put to death for adhering to some belief, esp. Christianity; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.
  4. To persecute; to torment; to torture.

Martyr Quotations

As it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew.
Rachel Cusk

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Soren Kierkegaard

It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
Emile M. Cioran

I want to be able to raise my kid. I was totally being a martyr about it at first, thinking I could totally do it on my own, which I did for a while. I've hired a babysitter before, but as for a full-time caregiver... for a control freak like me, it ain't gonna happen!
Keri Russell
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Martyr Translations

martyr in Dutch is bloedgetuige, martelaar
martyr in French is martyre
martyr in Italian is martire
martyr in Latin is martyr-yris
martyr in Swedish is martyr
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