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used in The House of the Seven Gables

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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
  • Amid the disorder of such various ruin, it is not strange that a man of inconsiderable note, like Maule, should have trodden the martyr's path to the hill of execution almost unremarked in the throng of his fellow sufferers.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (12% in)
  • He was one of the martyrs to that terrible delusion, which should teach us, among its other morals, that the influential classes, and those who take upon themselves to be leaders of the people, are fully liable to all the passionate error that has ever characterized the maddest mob.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (11% in)
  • Such a man should have nothing to do with sorrow; nothing with strife; nothing with the martyrdom which, in an infinite variety of shapes, awaits those who have the heart, and will, and conscience, to fight a battle with the world.
    Chapter 7 — The Guest (63% in)
  • To these heroic tempers, such martyrdom is the richest meed in the world's gift.
    Chapter 7 — The Guest (63% in)
  • He had no right to be a martyr; and, beholding him so fit to be happy and so feeble for all other purposes, a generous, strong, and noble spirit would, methinks, have been ready to sacrifice what little enjoyment it might have planned for itself,—it would have flung down the hopes, so paltry in its regard,—if thereby the wintry blasts of our rude sphere might come tempered to such a man.
    Chapter 7 — The Guest (64% in)
  • Her father as it proved, had martyred his poor child to an inordinate desire for measuring his land by miles instead of acres.
    Chapter 13 — Alice Pyncheon (93% in)

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