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

     

    martyr

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrtər//
     
    Religious people
     
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  1. 1a person who suffers very much or is killed because of their religious or political beliefs the early Christian martyrs a martyr to the cause of freedom See related entries: Religious people
  2. 2(usually disapproving) a person who tries to get sympathy from other people by telling them how much he or she is suffering He makes a martyr of himself whenever it’s his turn to do the housework.
  3. 3martyr to something (informal) a person who suffers very much because of an illness, problem or situation She's a martyr to her nerves. I feel like a martyr to this vacuum cleaner.
  4. Word OriginOld English martir, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek martur ‘witness’ (in Christian use, ‘martyr’).Extra examples Putting him to death would only make him a martyr. Stop playing the martyr. a martyr to the cause
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