- a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.
- a person who is put to death or endures great suffering on behalf of any belief, principle, or cause: a martyr to the cause of social justice.
- a person who undergoes severe or constant suffering: a martyr to severe headaches.
- a person who seeks sympathy or attention by feigning or exaggerating pain, deprivation, etc.
- to make a martyr of, especially by putting to death.
- to torment or torture.
Origin of martyr
Examples from the Web for martyred
We certainly have no evidence that they were all martyred for their faith.Do We Know if There Was Really An Empty Tomb?
Bart D. Ehrman
April 19, 2014
In the wake of 26/11, Scott-Clark and Levy report, the ISI perpetuated the lie that the ten gunmen had been martyred in Kashmir.When India Failed in the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks
November 2, 2013
Because he has expressed the desire to be martyred, military justice ought to deny him that wish.The Army Life, Mundane and Hideously Violent, by Turns
Brian Van Reet
August 29, 2013
Dozens of Saudis, Tunisians, Libyans and Jordanians have already been martyred in the Syrian civil war fighting for al-Nusra.Zarqawism Lives: Iraq’s al Qaeda Nightmare Is Back
August 12, 2013
Hundreds have “martyred” themselves fighting Syrian despot Bashar al Assad.The Coming of Al Qaeda 3.0
August 6, 2013
Let him only be supposed to be martyred by these, and there is no saying where his popularity may be carried.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
Twelve other christians, who had been intimate with Polycarp, were soon after martyred.
They were martyred by being tied to posts, and having their feet pierced with nails.
This building was yet unfinished when Wenceslaus was martyred.From a Terrace in Prague
Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
A Ftiha in the name of Husain and of those who were martyred with him is then said.The Faith of Islam
- a person who suffers death rather than renounce his religious beliefs
- a person who suffers greatly or dies for a cause, belief, etc
- a person who suffers from poor health, misfortune, etche's a martyr to rheumatism
- facetious, or derogatory a person who feigns suffering to gain sympathy, help, etc
- to kill as a martyr
- to make a martyr of
Word Origin and History for martyred
Old English martyrian, from martyr (see martyr (n.)). Middle English also had a verb martyrize.
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.