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Definition someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion, or someone who commits a suicide death in the name of their religion

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someone who suffers a great deal
  • Many believe that all of the Apostles were martyred except John; however, the Bible reports only on the martyrdom of James.
martyrdom = someone who dies upholding religious principles
  • Although ruthless, they did not want to create a martyr, so rather than execute her, they imprisoned her.
  • martyr = someone admired for dying to uphold principles
  • For 250 years it was a martyrs' church; the persecutions were fueled by the refusal of Christians to worship the state and the Roman emperor.
    History of Christianity - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Christianity (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • And they imagined that they had learned from the mistakes of the past; they knew, at any rate, that one must not make martyrs.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • martyrs = someone admired for dying or suffering to uphold principles
  • Yes sir, Mrs. Perkins, that J. Grimes Everett is a martyred saint,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • martyred = someone who suffered for the sake of principle
  • O Allah, please make war between Muslims and infidels so I can die in your service and be a martyr.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • martyr = someone who dies or suffers in the name of their religion
  • I trembled with excess of agitation as I said this; there was a frenzy in my manner, and something, I doubt not, of that haughty fierceness which the martyrs of old are said to have possessed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • martyrs = someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles
  • 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.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • martyr = someone who suffers to uphold principles
  • Then, with the martyred expression of a parent who has to keep up with the senseless ebullience of the children, he picked up the conch, turned toward the forest, and began to pick his way over the tumbled scar.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • martyred = of someone suffering to uphold principles
  • He was one of the martyrs of the Church.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • martyrs = people who suffer for the sake of principle
  • It took them to their dwelling in the Rue des Martyrs, and sadly they mounted the stairs to their flat.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • martyrs = people who suffer or suffered for the sake of principle
  • He says that, perhaps, in this class there is a future priest or a martyr for the Faith,
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • martyr = someone who suffers for the sake of principle — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion
  • Amanda leans against the shut door and stares at Laura with a martyred look.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • martyred = like someone who has suffered for the sake of principle
  • the heir of all the saints and all the martyrs who came before him and who died for the same cause, for the same word, no matter what name they gave to their cause and their truth.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • martyrs = someone who suffers for the sake of principle
  • The head of the first match flew off and stuck to Phyllis's finger; but, as Roberta said, it was only a little burn, and she might have had to be a Roman martyr and be burned whole if she had happened to live in the days when those things were fashionable.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • martyr = someone who suffers for the sake of principle
  • The dead men had become martyrs and their degradation was forgotten.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • martyrs = someone admired for dying or suffering to uphold principles
  • We don't want her to become shaheed millat [a martyr of the nation] like Liaquat Ali Khan.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • martyr = someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles
  • They called themselves Martyrs for Benazir.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • martyrs = people who die or suffer in the name of their religion
  • Some of the girls refused, saying their teachers had taught them that to become a martyr is a glorious thing.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • martyr = someone who dies or suffers in the name of their religion
  • They wore black badges which said SHARIAT YA SHAHADAT — SHARIA LAW OR MARTYRDOM...
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
martyrdom = death in the name of religious beliefs

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