martyrize

[ mahr-tuh-rahyz ]
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verb (used with object),mar·tyr·ized, mar·tyr·iz·ing.
  1. to make a martyr of: The ancient Romans martyrized many Christians.

  2. to torment.

Origin of martyrize

1
1400–50; late Middle English martirizen<Medieval Latin martyrizāre.See martyr, -ize
  • Also especially British, mar·tyr·ise .

Other words from martyrize

  • mar·tyr·i·za·tion, noun

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How to use martyrize in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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