from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To martyr.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cause to suffer martyrdom; hence, to inflict suffering or death upon; torture.
  • To suffer martyrdom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make a martyr of.

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  • verb transitive To make a martyr of (someone).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb torture and torment like a martyr


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a martyr (ultimately from Greek (martys) 'witness') + -ize


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  • “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?”

    We Are Being Martyrized by Bush and Blair-They Are Tormenting Us! 2007

  • Later, again to Charles: It was put into their heads that I had come to the Isthmus to martyrize them.

    The Path Between the Seas DAVID McCULLOUGH. 2005

  • Later, again to Charles: It was put into their heads that I had come to the Isthmus to martyrize them.

    The Path Between the Seas DAVID McCULLOUGH. 2005

  • "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."

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880 of Popular Literature and Science Various

  • 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?

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe

  • Good God! women don't martyrize themselves to a past these days.

    Star-Dust Fannie Hurst 1928

  • 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.

    The Proper Limitations of State Interference 1924

  • But he'd martyrize himself, I knew, by refusing it, even though I made it.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer 1912

  • 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.

    The Rocks of Valpre 1910

  • Very well, then! she would go to Brudenstein; she would not martyrize herself by being with a man on crutches!

    Halcyone Elinor Glyn 1903


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