And if Bilyi really did commit suicide, it was in the knowledge that fellow thugs would remember him as a martyr.
When a Shia Muslim says "martyr," they usually have Imam Hossein in mind, who is the symbol of fighting against tyranny.
Third: I am willing to accept you as you are, without being a martyr or sacrificing myself on the L.B. altar.
Birch, often called the “first victim of the Cold War,” became a martyr for the far right.
All Hizbullah spokesmen are prepared to say of any fighter they bury is that he died as a martyr.
"martyr to her own hee-roism," suggested Mr. Boggs, the romantic.
Spiritualist as he was, Descartes was not disposed to be the martyr of thought.
Not as a criminal, but as the martyr of a great and noble cause would he front death.
A crown is woven for our motherland: Is it life's laurels or the martyr's thorns?
He murmured the broken sentences as he circled about the form of the martyr.
Old English martyr, from Late Latin martyr, from Doric Greek martyr, earlier martys (genitive martyros) in Christian use "martyr," literally "witness," probably related to mermera "care, trouble," from mermairein "be anxious or thoughtful," from PIE *(s)mrtu- (cf. Sanskrit smarati "remember," Latin memor "mindful;" see memory).
Adopted directly into most Germanic languages, but Norse substituted native formation pislarvattr, literally "torture-witness." General sense of "constant sufferer" is from 1550s. Martyr complex "exaggerated desire for self-sacrifice" is attested from 1920.
Old English martyrian, from martyr (see martyr (n.)). Middle English also had a verb martyrize.
one who bears witness of the truth, and suffers death in the cause of Christ (Acts 22:20; Rev. 2:13; 17:6). In this sense Stephen was the first martyr. The Greek word so rendered in all other cases is translated "witness." (1.) In a court of justice (Matt. 18:16; 26:65; Acts 6:13; 7:58; Heb. 10:28; 1 Tim. 5:19). (2.) As of one bearing testimony to the truth of what he has seen or known (Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8, 22; Rom. 1:9; 1 Thess. 2:5, 10; 1 John 1:2).