|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|
|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]|
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).