American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To martyr.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to suffer martyrdom; hence, to inflict suffering or death upon; torture.
- To suffer martyrdom.
- v. transitive To make a martyr of (someone).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make a martyr of.
- v. torture and torment like a martyr
- a martyr (ultimately from Greek (martys) 'witness') + -ize (Wiktionary)
““Do they have nothing else to offer the world but this constant seeding of fear planting — a clear act of desperation and perhaps anger on the part of Tony Blair who is having to let go of the reigns in Britain because of public outcry against the occupation of Iraq, and may think that he is himself the martyr while he continues to martyrize us?””
“Later, again to Charles: It was put into their heads that I had come to the Isthmus to martyrize them.”
“No doubt she has been bored to death by that wretched _Gypsy_, and now Ebling is going to martyrize her again, and make a fool of himself into the bargain.”
“Did I not martyrize myself into a human mule by descending to the bottom of a dreadful pit (suffering mortal terror all the time, lest it should cave in upon me), actuated by a virtuous desire to see with my own two eyes the process of underground mining, thus enabling myself to be stupidly correct in all my statements thereupon?”
“Good God! women don't martyrize themselves to a past these days.”
“There is nothing that will spread abroad anything, true or false, like the flames of martyrdom, because if the people whom you martyrize have the hardihood to stand the punishment that you impose, you only turn society against the truth and make their martyrdom the very instrument of error.”
“But he'd martyrize himself, I knew, by refusing it, even though I made it.”
“Frenchman -- had remarked to him earlier in the trial, whatever the verdict, they would hardly martyrize the man lest at a later date further question as to his guilt should arise and all Europe be set bubbling anew upon that much-discussed topic -- French justice.”
“Very well, then! she would go to Brudenstein; she would not martyrize herself by being with a man on crutches!”
“They martyrize themselves by sacrificing everything; they spoil them and convert them into ungrateful lovers.”
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