martyr

Part of speech: verb

To put to death because of one's faith; persecute.

Part of speech: noun

One who suffers death for his faith or for any cherished object.

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Usage examples "martyr":

  1. Maisie herself was no less impressed with what this martyr had gone through, especially after hearing of the terrible letter that had come from Mrs. Farange. - "What Maisie Knew", Henry James.
  2. Her voice was so stern that it made Molly quake in her boots, but Nance was as heroic as an early Christian martyr. - "Molly Brown's Junior Days", Nell Speed.
  3. For, after all, everything she had done and was doing was for my sake, and I should have trusted her and known this by instinct, instead of allowing myself from the very first beginning of our coming to London to think I was a sort of martyr. - "My New Home", Mary Louisa Molesworth.