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English definition of “martyr”


noun [C]     /ˈmɑːtər/
someone who dies for their beliefs: a Catholic martyrDeath penaltiesKillingMurder and attempted murderBelievers and non-believersSupporters, members and defenders
martyrdom noun [U] a situation in which someone dies for their beliefs
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