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Definition of martyr verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

martyr

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈmɑːtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they martyr
BrE BrE//ˈmɑːtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtər//
 
he / she / it martyrs
BrE BrE//ˈmɑːtəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtərz//
 
past simple martyred
BrE BrE//ˈmɑːtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtərd//
 
past participle martyred
BrE BrE//ˈmɑːtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtərd//
 
-ing form martyring
BrE BrE//ˈmɑːtərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtərɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] martyr somebody to kill somebody because of their religious or political beliefs Many first-century Christians were martyred for their faith. Word Origin Old English martir, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek martur ‘witness’ (in Christian use, ‘martyr’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: martyr

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