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

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

Also especially British, mar·tyr·ise.

Origin of martyrize

1400–50; late Middle English martirizen < Medieval Latin martyrizāre. See martyr, -ize
Related formsmar·tyr·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for martyrize

Historical Examples of martyrize

  • 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).

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