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used in The Mill on the Floss

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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


someone who suffers a great deal
  • Saints and martyrs had never interested Maggie so much as sages and poets.
    4.3 — Book 4 Chapter 3 — A Voice from the Past (40% in)
  • The suffering, whether of martyr or victim, which belongs to every historical advance of mankind, is represented in this way in every town, and by hundreds of obscure hearths; and we need not shrink from this comparison of small things with great; for does not science tell us that its highest striving is after the ascertainment of a unity which shall bind the smallest things with the greatest?
    4.1 — Book 4 Chapter 1 — A Variation of Protestantism Unknown to Bossuet (43% in)
  • She knew little of saints and martyrs, and had gathered, as a general result of her teaching, that they were a temporary provision against the spread of Catholicism, and had all died at Smithfield.
    4.3 — Book 4 Chapter 3 — A Voice from the Past (41% in)
  • That is the path we all like when we set out on our abandonment of egoism,—the path of martyrdom and endurance, where the palm-branches grow, rather than the steep highway of tolerance, just allowance, and self-blame, where there are no leafy honors to be gathered and worn.
    4.3 — Book 4 Chapter 3 — A Voice from the Past (89% in)

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