Martyr
Martyr Mar"tyr, n. [AS., from L. martyr, Gr. ma`rtyr, ma`rtys, prop., a witness; cf. Skr. sm[.r] to remember, E. memory.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who, by his death, bears witness to the truth of the gospel; one who is put to death for his religion; as, Stephen was the first Christian martyr. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

To be a martyr, signifies only to witness the truth of Christ; but the witnessing of the truth was then so generally attended with persecution, that martyrdom now signifies not only to witness, but to witness by death. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, one who sacrifices his life, his station, or what is of great value to him, for the sake of principle, or to sustain a cause. [1913 Webster]

Then if thou fall'st, O Cromwell, Thou fall'st a blessed martyr ! --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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