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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
martyr (noun)
1.
a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion
2.
a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle
3.
- victim , especially a great or constant sufferer - a martyr to asthma all his life A. J. Cronin
martyr (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to put to death for adhering to a belief, faith, or profession
2.
to inflict agonizing pain on - torture
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