Know Your Next Word : martyr
7. martyr :
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
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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