[ mahr-tuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈmɑr təˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), mar·tyr·ized, mar·tyr·iz·ing.

to make a martyr of: The ancient Romans martyrized many Christians.
to torment.


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Also especially British, mar·tyr·ise.

Origin of martyrize

1400–50; late Middle English martirizen < Medieval Latin martyrizāre. See martyr, -ize


mar·tyr·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for martyrize

  • 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
  • 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).