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Meaning of MARTYR

Pronunciation:  'mârtur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one who suffers for the sake of principle
  2. [n]  one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion
  3. [v]  make into a martyr
  4. [v]  kill as a martyr; "Saint Sebastian was martyred"

MARTYR is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: martyrise, martyrize, sufferer
 See Also: Becket, excruciate, George, Jeanne d'Arc, Joan of Arc, kill, Laurentius, Lawrence, Saint George, Saint Joan, Saint Lawrence, Saint Thomas a Becket, St George, St Lawrence, St Thomas a Becket, St Vitus, Thomas a Becket, Tindal, Tindale, torment, torture, Tyndale, victim, Vitus, William Tindal, William Tindale, William Tyndale



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mar"tyr\, n. [AS., from L. martyr, Gr. ma`rtyr, ma`rtys,
    prop., a witness; cf. Skr. sm[.r] to remember, E. memory.]
    1. One who, by his death, bears witness to the truth of the
       gospel; one who is put to death for his religion; as,
       Stephen was the first Christian martyr. --Chaucer.
             To be a martyr, signifies only to witness the truth
             of Christ; but the witnessing of the truth was then
             so generally attended with persecution, that
             martyrdom now signifies not only to witness, but to
             witness by death                      --South.
    2. Hence, one who sacrifices his life, his station, or what
       is of great value to him, for the sake of principle, or to
       sustain a cause.
             Then if thou fall'st, O Cromwell, Thou fall'st a
             blessed martyr !                      --Shak.
  2. \Mar"tyr\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Martyred}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Martyring}.]
    1. To put to death for adhering to some belief, esp.
       Christianity; to sacrifice on account of faith or
       profession. --Bp. Pearson.
    2. To persecute; to torment; to torture. --Chaucer.
             The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart Thou martyrest
             with sorrow and with smart.           --Spenser.
             Racked with sciatics, martyred with the stone.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are a martyr, suggests that you are tending to the needs of others and neglecting your own needs. The dream is also indicates of a lack of self-love and not being able to forgive yourself.
Easton Bible Dictionary

one who bears witness of the truth, and suffers death in the cause of Christ (Acts 22:20; Rev. 2:13; 17:6). In this sense Stephen was the first martyr. The Greek word so rendered in all other cases is translated "witness." (1.) In a court of justice (Matt. 18:16; 26:65; Acts 6:13; 7:58; Heb. 10:28; 1 Tim. 5:19). (2.) As of one bearing testimony to the truth of what he has seen or known (Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8, 22; Rom. 1:9; 1 Thess. 2:5, 10; 1 John 1:2).

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