|Origin:||Greek martys 'witness'|
someone who dies for their religious or political beliefs and is admired by people for this:
St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr
He was a martyr to the cause of racial harmony.
The army has been held back because the government is reluctant to make martyrs of the protesters.
someone who tries hard to get other people's sympathy by complaining about how hard their life is - used to show disapproval:
I think she rather relishes the role of martyr.
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to suffer a lot because of an illness, problem, or bad situation:
She's a martyr to her arthritis.