What does the word martyr mean?

Usage examples for martyr

  1. 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
  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 by Nell Speed