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martyr
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

2 uses
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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
  • It was as if people should laugh at martyrdom.
    4 — The Consequence (38% in)
  • The postilion was a venerable "boy" of sixty—a martyr to rheumatic gout, the result of excessive exposure in youth, counter-acted by strong liquors—who had stood at inn-doors doing nothing for the whole five-and-twenty years that had elapsed since he had no longer been required to ride professionally, as if expecting the old times to come back again.
    4 — The Consequence (81% in)

There are no more uses of "martyr" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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