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Meaning of martyr

mar•tyr

Pronunciation: (mär'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.
  2. a person who is put to death or endures great suffering on behalf of any belief, principle, or cause: a martyr to the cause of social justice.
  3. a person who undergoes severe or constant suffering: a martyr to severe headaches.
  4. a person who seeks sympathy or attention by feigning or exaggerating pain, deprivation, etc.
—v.t.
  1. to make a martyr of, esp. by putting to death.
  2. to torment or torture.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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