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martyr

noun [C]     /ˈmɑː.tər/ US  /ˈmɑːr.t̬ɚ/
a person who suffers very much or is killed because of their political or religious 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.Followers of religious groups disapproving someone who tries to get sympathy from others when they have a problem or too much work, usually having caused the problem or chosen to do the work themselves: She offers to do extra work, then plays the martyr!Unpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men
(Definition of martyr noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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