verb (used with object)
Origin of martyr
Related Words for martyringtorture, expel, pursue, injure, maltreat, harass, outrage, molest, hound, oppress, victimize, torment, wrench, afflict, shake, try, attack, hit, invade, annoy
Examples from the Web for martyring
Historical Examples of martyring
And he, martyring them, knew neither day nor night of peace.Beasts, Men and Gods
How those bright-eyed little boys were martyring auxiliary perfect passive participles and verbs!Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
You business men have had a hand in the martyring of most of the saints and all of the reformers since time began.Little Lost Sister
verb Also: 'martyrˌize, 'martyrˌise (tr)
Word Origin for martyr
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.