martyr (plural martyrs)
- One who willingly accepts being put to death for adhering openly to one's religious beliefs; notably, saints canonized after martyrdom.
- Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr.
- (by extension) One who sacrifices his or her life, station, or something of great personal value, for the sake of principle or to sustain a cause.
- (with a prepositional phrase of cause) One who suffers greatly and/or constantly, even involuntarily.
- ''Stan is a martyr to arthritis, Chris a martyr to Stan's endless moaning about it.
- French: martyr, martyre, chahîd, chahid
- German: Märtyrer, Märtyrerin
- Italian: martire
- Portuguese: mártir
- Russian: му́ченик
- Spanish: mártir
martyr (martyrs, present participle martyring; past and past participle martyred)
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) To persecute.
- ''Some religious and other minorities were martyred until extinction.
- (transitive) To torment; to torture.
- The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart
- Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart. — Spenser