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martyr
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition someone who suffers for the sake of principle — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion

or:

someone who suffers a great deal
  • Now, after he had won the crown of martyrdom (though with no longer a head to wear it on), the point might be looked upon as settled.
    Introductory (94% in)
  • His son, too, inherited the persecuting spirit, and made himself so conspicuous in the martyrdom of the witches, that their blood may fairly be said to have left a stain upon him.
    Introductory (16% in)
  • Here, she said to herself had been the scene of her guilt, and here should be the scene of her earthly punishment; and so, perchance, the torture of her daily shame would at length purge her soul, and work out another purity than that which she had lost: more saint-like, because the result of martyrdom.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (27% in)
  • She was patient—a martyr, indeed but she forebore to pray for enemies, lest, in spite of her forgiving aspirations, the words of the blessing should stubbornly twist themselves into a curse.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (71% in)

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