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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 mar·tyr /ˈmɑrtɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mar·tyr n.
 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.
    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.
 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.
 Then if thou fall'st, O Cromwell,
 Thou fall'st a blessed martyr !   --Shak.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mar·tyr v. t. [imp. & p. p. Martyred p. pr. & vb. n. Martyring.]
 1. To put to death for adhering to some belief, esp. Christianity; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.
 2. To persecute; to torment; to torture.
 The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart
 Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart.   --Spenser.
    Racked with sciatics, martyred with the stone.   --Pope.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: one who suffers for the sake of principle [syn: sufferer]
      2: one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for
         refusing to renounce their religion
      v 1: kill as a martyr; "Saint Sebastian was martyred"
      2: torture and torment like a martyr [syn: martyrize, martyrise]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    one who bears witness of the truth, and suffers death in the
    cause of Christ (Acts 22:20; Rev. 2:13; 17:6). In this sense
    Stephen was the first martyr. The Greek word so rendered in all
    other cases is translated "witness." (1.) In a court of justice
    (Matt. 18:16; 26:65; Acts 6:13; 7:58; Heb. 10:28; 1 Tim. 5:19).
    (2.) As of one bearing testimony to the truth of what he has
    seen or known (Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8, 22; Rom. 1:9; 1 Thess. 2:5,
    10; 1 John 1:2).