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martyrnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɑr·t̬ər/
a ​person who ​suffersgreatly or is ​killed, esp. because of ​political or ​religiousbeliefs

martyrverb [T]

 us   /ˈmɑr·t̬ər/
to be ​killed or be made to ​suffer because of ​yourbeliefs
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martyrnoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɑː.tər/  us   /ˈmɑːr.t̬ɚ/
a ​person who ​suffers very much or is ​killed because of ​theirreligious or ​politicalbeliefs, 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 ​personcaused the ​problem or ​chose to do the ​work himself or herself: She ​offers to do ​extrawork, then plays the martyr!

martyrverb [T often passive]

uk   /ˈmɑː.tər/  us   /ˈmɑːr.t̬ɚ/
to ​kill someone because of ​theirreligious or ​politicalbeliefs
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