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martyr

noun [C] uk   /ˈmɑː.tər/ us    /ˈmɑːr.t̬ɚ/
a person who suffers very much or is killed because of their religious or political beliefs, and is often admired because of it: a Christian/Islamic/religious martyr She fought against racism all her life and died a martyr to the cause. disapproving someone who tries to get sympathy from others when he or she has a problem or too much work, usually when that person caused the problem or chose to do the work himself or herself: She offers to do extra work, then plays the martyr!

martyr

verb [T often passive] uk   /ˈmɑː.tər/ us    /ˈmɑːr.t̬ɚ/
to kill someone because of their religious or political beliefs
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