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martyr
used in Middlemarch

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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

or:

someone who suffers a great deal
  • I suspect that you have some false belief in the virtues of misery, and want to make your life a martyrdom.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (94% in)
  • PRELUDE Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa, has not smiled with some gentleness at the thought of the little girl walking forth one morning hand-in-hand with her still smaller brother, to go and seek martyrdom in the country of the Moors?
    Prelude (12% in)
  • Her mind was theoretic, and yearned by its nature after some lofty conception of the world which might frankly include the parish of Tipton and her own rule of conduct there; she was enamoured of intensity and greatness, and rash in embracing whatever seemed to her to have those aspects; likely to seek martyrdom, to make retractations, and then to incur martyrdom after all in a quarter where she had not sought it.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (1% in)
  • Her mind was theoretic, and yearned by its nature after some lofty conception of the world which might frankly include the parish of Tipton and her own rule of conduct there; she was enamoured of intensity and greatness, and rash in embracing whatever seemed to her to have those aspects; likely to seek martyrdom, to make retractations, and then to incur martyrdom after all in a quarter where she had not sought it.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (1% in)
  • You should read history—look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (59% in)
  • "And it is not martyrdom to pay bills that one has run into one's self," said Mrs. Cadwallader.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (59% in)
  • The pitiable lot is that of the man who could not call himself a martyr even though he were to persuade himself that the men who stoned him were but ugly passions incarnate—who knows that he is stoned, not for professing the Right, but for not being the man he professed to be.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (93% in)

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