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martyr

mar·tyr

martyr

 
 
pronunciation:
mar tr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who chooses to die or be killed rather than renounce his or her religious beliefs.
definition 2: a person who suffers greatly or is killed for some belief, cause, or principle.
Jailed for nearly thirty years, he was a martyr in the cause of justice.
similar words:
sacrifice, victim
definition 3: a person who suffers greatly under some affliction.
She was a martyr to this debilitating disease.
synonyms:
prey, victim
similar words:
sufferer, wretch
definition 4: a person who pretends great suffering in order to gain sympathy or attention.
similar words:
hypochondriac
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: martyred, martyring, martyrs
definition: to cause to become a martyr, by putting to death or inflicting suffering on.
similar words:
afflict, agonize, kill, persecute, torture
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