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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

The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
Florence Nightingale

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

The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

I always felt that if someone shot me, it would be great for the environmental movement, because they would make me a martyr. Our biggest fear was our children, because there was a tremendous amount of threat and intimidation, and my wife was terrified that the children might be grabbed or assaulted in some way. That was the real fear.
David Suzuki
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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