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- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈmɐːtə(ɹ)/, [ˈmɐːtə(ɹ)], [ˈmɐːɾə(ɹ)]
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmɑːtə(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmɑɹ.tɚ/, [ˈmɑɹ.ɾɚ]
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)tə(ɹ)
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- Hyphenation: mar‧tyr
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.
- 1937, AJ Cronin, The Citadel:
- He'd been a martyr to asthma all his life.
one willing to be killed for religion
one who sacrifices their life for an important cause
one who suffers greatly, even involuntarily
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- (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
to make someone a martyr
persecute — see persecute
torture — see torture
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Declension of martyr
- “martyr” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- → Danish: martyr
- → Dutch: martelaar
- → Estonian: märter
- → Finnish: marttyyri
- → German: Märtyrer
- → Hungarian: mártír
- Lombard: màrtul
- → Norwegian: martyr
- → Old French: martire
- → Italian: martire
- Neapolitan: marture
- Old Italian: martore
- → Old Occitan:
- → Old Portuguese:
- Romanian: martor
- Sardinian: màrturu
- → Scottish Gaelic: martair
- → Spanish: mártir
- → Tagalog: martir
- → Swedish: martyr
- martyr in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- martyr in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
martyr m (plural martyrs)
- “martyr” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “martyr” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
- Rhymes: -yːr
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