martyrisation

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martyr (ˈmɑːtə)
 
n
1.  a person who suffers death rather than renounce his religious beliefs
2.  a person who suffers greatly or dies for a cause, belief, etc
3.  a person who suffers from poor health, misfortune, etc: he's a martyr to rheumatism
4.  facetious, derogatory or a person who feigns suffering to gain sympathy, help, etc
 
vb
5.  to kill as a martyr
6.  to make a martyr of
 
[Old English martir, from Church Latin martyr, from Late Greek martur-, martus witness]
 
martyri'zation
 
n
 
martyri'sation
 
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