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used in Catch-22

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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
  • If dropping bombs on the enemy was not a special service, he reflected aloud frequently with the martyred smile of sweet reasonableness that was his loyal confederate in every dispute, then he could not help wondering what in the world was.
    Chapter 12 — Bologna (22% in)
  • 'Oh, I expect to be back in the squadron by then,' the captain answered with a kind of martyred confidence.
    Chapter 25 — The Chaplain (62% in)

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