Meaning of “martyr” in the English Dictionary

"martyr" in British English

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martyrnoun [ 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:

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!

martyrverb [ T often passive ]

uk /ˈmɑː.tər/ us /ˈmɑːr.t̬ɚ/

to kill someone because of their religious or political beliefs

(Definition of “martyr” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"martyr" in American English

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martyrnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɑr·t̬ər/

a person who suffers greatly or is killed, esp. because of political or religious beliefs

martyrverb [ T ]

us /ˈmɑr·t̬ər/

to be killed or be made to suffer because of your beliefs

(Definition of “martyr” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)