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noun 
  1. One who takes action according to his religious beliefs accepting that he will be killed by others; one who is put to death for his religion; as, Stephen was the first Christian .
    1. 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.
  2. (with a prepositional phrase of cause) One who suffers greatly.
''Stephen was a to arthritis.
verb 
  1. To put to death for adhering to, or acting in accordance with, some belief, especially religious; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.
  2. To persecute; to torment; to torture.
The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart
Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart. "Spenser
Etymology: From martyrLatin, martyr < Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (martyr), later form of (polytonic, ) (martys) "witness".


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