Know Your Next Word : martyr

7. martyr :

noun :

someone who gives up his or her life in pursuit of a cause, especially a religious one, one who suffers for a cause, one who makes show of suffering in order to arouse sympathy

usage :

  • Many of the saints were also martyrs. They were executed, often gruesomely, for refusing to renounce their religious beliefs.

  • Jacob is a martyr to his job. He would stay at his desk twenty-four hours a day if his wife and the janitor would let him.

  • Eloise played the martyr during hay fever season, trudging wearily from room to room with a jumbo box of Kleenex in each hand.

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