martyr

1. noun /ˈmɑrtər,ˈmaː.tə(ɹ)/|[ˈmaː.ɾə(ɹ),ˈmɑː.tə(ɹ),ˈmɑɹ.tɚ/|[ˈmɑɹ.ɾɚ/
a) One who willingly accepts being put to death for adhering openly to ones religious beliefs; notably, saints canonized after martyrdom.

Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr. <! maybe somebody can find a way to include women without twice using "he or she"?

b) 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.

Stan is a martyr to arthritis, Chris a martyr to Stans endless moaning about it.

Syn: shaheed, shahid
2. verb /ˈmɑrtər,ˈmaː.tə(ɹ)/|[ˈmaː.ɾə(ɹ),ˈmɑː.tə(ɹ),ˈmɑɹ.tɚ/|[ˈmɑɹ.ɾɚ/
a) 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.

Some religious and other minorities were martyred until extinction.

b) To persecute.

The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart


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