What does the word martyr mean?

Usage examples for martyr

  1. 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 by Nell Speed
  2. 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 by Mary Louisa Molesworth