martyr - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    someone who suffers or is killed because of their religious or political beliefs

    He died a martyr for his cause.

  2. 2
    someone who suffers a lot, especially because of an illness

    She was a martyr to migraines.

    1. a.
      used about someone who talks about how much they are suffering because they want sympathy