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Definition of martyr:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To persecute; to torment; to torture.
  4. To put to death for adhering to some belief, esp. Christianity; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.


martyrize, diseased person, saint, sufferer, offering, scapegoat, sick person, martyrise, victim.

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