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1    a person who suffers death rather than renounce his religious beliefs  
2    a person who suffers greatly or dies for a cause, belief, etc.  
3    a person who suffers from poor health, misfortune, etc.  
he's a martyr to rheumatism     
4    Facetious or derogatory   a person who feigns suffering to gain sympathy, help, etc.  
      vb     (also)   
  martyrize, martyrise   tr  
5    to kill as a martyr  
6    to make a martyr of  
     (Old English martir, from Church Latin martyr, from Late Greek martur-, martus witness)  
  martyrization, martyrisation      n  

Edward the Martyr  
      n   Saint. ?963--978 a.d., king of England (975--78), son of Edgar: murdered. Feast day: March 18  
Justin Martyr  
      n   Saint. ?100--?165 a.d.,Christian apologist and philosopher. Feast day: June 1  
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