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[mahr-tuh-rahyz] /ˈmɑr təˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), martyrized, martyrizing.
to make a martyr of:
The ancient Romans martyrized many Christians.
to torment.
Also, especially British, martyrise.
Origin of martyrize
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English martirizen < Medieval Latin martyrizāre. See martyr, -ize
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martyrization, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Must such people come to the Sea to martyrize the sick and to vulgarize the majesty of the Sea, that wild and true grandeur?

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • As to you, my brave companion—(Mylio stops; his foot has struck the iron pincers that served to martyrize Karvel the Perfect).

    The Iron Pincers Eugne Sue
  • They cut off their limbs and antennæ and often martyrize them to death with a rabidness that sadly resembles human sentiments!

    The Sexual Question August Forel

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