(noun, verb)


1. one who suffers for the sake of principle

Similar word(s): sufferer

Definition categories: person, victim

2. one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion

Definition categories: person, victim

Sentences with martyr as a noun:

- Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

- Stan is a martyr to arthritis, Chris a martyr to Stan's endless moaning about it.


1. kill as a martyr

- Saint Sebastian was martyred

Definition categories: contact, kill

2. torture and torment like a martyr

Similar word(s): martyrise, martyrize

Definition categories: body, excruciate, torment, torture

Sentences with martyr as a verb:

- Some religious and other minorities were martyred until extinction.

- Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart. — Spenser