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martyr

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CIDE DICTIONARY

martyrn. [AS., from L. martyr, Gr. ma`rtyr, ma`rtys, prop., a witness; cf. Skr. sm to remember, E. memory.].
  •  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.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    "To be a martyr, signifies only to witness the truth of Christ; but the witnessing of the truth was then so generally attended with persecution, that martyrdom now signifies not only to witness, but to witness by death."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "Then if thou fall'st, O Cromwell,
    Thou fall'st a blessed martyr !
    "  [1913 Webster]
martyrv. t. 
  •  To put to death for adhering to some belief, esp. Christianity; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.  Bp. Pearson.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To persecute; to torment; to torture.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    "The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart
    Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Racked with sciatics, martyred with the stone."  [1913 Webster]

OXFORD DICTIONARY

martyr, n. & v.
--n.
1 a a person who is put to death for refusing to renounce a faith or belief. b a person who suffers for adhering to a principle, cause, etc.
2 (foll. by to) a constant sufferer from (an ailment).
--v.tr.
1 put to death as a martyr.
2 torment.

Idiom
make a martyr of oneself accept or pretend to accept unnecessary discomfort etc.
Etymology
OE martir f. eccl.L martyr f. Gk martur, martus -uros witness

DEVIL DICTIONARY

martyr

n. One who moves along the line of least reluctance to a desired death.

THESAURUS

martyr

afflict, agonize, ail, angel, angel of light, angel of love, annihilate, archangel, beatified soul, bereave of life, bite, bloody, burn, canonized mortal, carry away, carry off, celestial, chafe, cherub, cherubim, chloroform, claw, convulse, crucify, cut, cut down, cut off, deprive of life, destroy, dispatch, dispose of, distress, do away with, do for, do to death, end, excruciate, execute, exterminate, fester, finish, finish off, fret, gall, give pain, gnaw, grate, grind, gripe, harrow, heavenly being, hurt, immolate, impale, inflame, inflict pain, irritate, kill, kill by inches, lacerate, lancinate, launch into eternity, liquidate, lynch, macerate, make away with, martyrize, messenger of God, nip, object of compassion, pain, patron saint, pierce, pinch, poison, poor devil, prey, prick, principality, prolong the agony, punish, purge, put away, put down, put to death, put to sleep, put to torture, rack, rankle, rasp, recording angel, remove from life, rip, rub, sacrifice, saint, savage, saved soul, scarify, seraph, seraphim, slay, soul in glory, stab, starve, sting, sufferer, take life, take off, torment, torture, try, tweak, twist, victim, wound, wretch, wring

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martyr

Pain

N mental suffering, pain, dolor, suffering, sufferance, ache, smart, passion, displeasure, dissatisfaction, discomfort, discomposure, disquiet, malaise, inquietude, uneasiness, vexation of spirit, taking, discontent, dejection, weariness, anhedonia, annoyance, irritation, worry, infliction, visitation, plague, bore, bother, botheration, stew, vexation, mortification, chagrin, esclandre, mauvais quart d'heur, care, anxiety, solicitude, trouble, trial, ordeal, fiery ordeal, shock, blow, cark, dole, fret, burden, load, concern, grief, sorrow, distress, affliction, woe, bitterness, heartache, carking cares, heavy heart, aching heart, bleeding heart, broken heart, heavy affliction, gnawing grief, unhappiness, infelicity, misery, tribulation, wretchedness, desolation, despair, extremity, prostration, depth of misery, nightmare, ephialtes, incubus, pang, anguish, agony, torture, torment, purgatory, hell upon earth, iron age, reign of terror, slough of despond, peck of troubles, ills that flesh is heir to, miseries of human life, unkindest cut of all, sufferer, victim, prey, martyr, object of compassion, wretch, shorn lamb, in pain, in a state of pain, full of pain, suffering, pained, afflicted, worried, displeased, aching, griped, sore, on the rack, in limbo, between hawk and buzzard, uncomfortable, uneasy, ill at ease, in a taking, in a way, disturbed, discontented, out of humor, weary, heavy laden, stricken, crushed, a prey to, victimized, ill-used, unfortunate, to be pitied, doomed, devoted, accursed, undone, lost, stranded, fey, unhappy, infelicitous, poor, wretched, miserable, woe-begone, cheerless, careworn, concerned, sorry, sorrowing, sorrowful, cut up, chagrined, horrified, horror-stricken, in grief, plunged in grief, a prey to grief, in tears, steeped to the lips in misery, heart-stricken, heart-broken, heart-scalded, broken-hearted, in despair, the iron entered into our soul, haeret lateri lethalis arundo, one's heart bleeding, down, thou climbing sorrow, mirth cannot move a soul in agony, nessun maggior dolere che ricordarsi del tempo fel, sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier th, the Niobe of Nations.

Asceticism

N asceticism, puritanism, sabbatarianism, cynicism, austerity, total abstinence, nephalism, mortification, maceration, sackcloth and ashes, flagellation, penance, fasting, martyrdom, ascetic, anchoret, anchorite, martyr, Heautontimorumenos, hermit, puritan, sabbatarian, cynic, sanyasi, yogi, ascetic, austere, puritanical, cynical, over-religious, acerbic.


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