verb (used with object)
- martinson, harry,
Origin of martyr
Examples from the Web for martyr
Conservative Muslim women in Turkey hailed Esme as a martyr and a symbol of female strength and resistance.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns|Xanthe Ackerman|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He informed her that Hamzat had “become a shahid,” a martyr, and he was dead.
With that, writes historian Edward Larson, “The fundamentalist movement acquired a martyr.”The Scopes Monkey Trial 2.0: It’s Not About the Stupid Science-Deniers|Michael Schulson|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Claiming that moderation in a time of such crisis is no virtue,” the martyr of American Russian studies declared.Meet the Anti-Semites, Truthers, and Alaska Pol at D.C.’s Pro-Putin Soiree|James Kirchick|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), the House Armed Services Committee chairman, cast Cantor as a martyr for his party.Republicans Panicked After Eric Cantor Loss: ‘This Is Like Robespierre’|Ben Jacobs, Tim Mak|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And instead of receiving military promotion he became a martyr.The Influence of the Bible on Civilisation|Ernst Von Dobschutz
One of the boating men made a martyr of himself and took the mother.Original Short Stories, Volume 12 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
They took with them a relic, supposed to be the body of St. Clement of Rome, a martyr.Curiosities of Christian History|Croake James
He was sent out on a mission to the East Indies and Japan, and gave himself to the work with a martyr's devotion.The Story of the Hymns and Tunes|Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
He was wearing an expression of beatific patience; he would have made a fine study for a picture of the martyr at the stake.The Deluge|David Graham Phillips
verb Also: 'martyrˌize, 'martyrˌise (tr)
Word Origin for 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.