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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.