A martyr always suffers from the 'Christ-Complex' a neurotic crusade (psychosis) that they feel empowers their otherwise meaningless & miserable existence.
Main weapons in the arsenal of the martyr include:
The guilt trip ( www.urbandictionary.com )
High explosives & nails. ( def:nailbomb www.urbandictionary.com )
Chances are that we ALL know a martyr. See if you can spot which of your 'friends' or work 'colleagues' is one.
John: "Aw... you're a real FRIEND Joe! Thanks. How can my sick wife & I ever repay you?
Manager: "Are you STILL here Joe? Jeez, you're such a MARTYR"
Joe: "Yeah, I'm not feeling so good boss, but we're so short-staffed, what with JOHN GOING HOME EARLY that I thought I'd better stay & PICK UP ALL HIS SHIT... AGAIN.
John: "Hey boss, how are things at the office?"
Manager: "Better now that Joe has replaced you" "Did I mention that YOU'RE FIRED?"
Tourist: "Hello young man, that heavy coat looks very hot on a day like today!"
Young man: "ALLAH HO AKBAR!" BOOOOM
2. One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause, or principle.
A great show of suffering in order to arouse sympathy.
To inflict great pain on.
In the 19th Century, a woman in England named Emily Davison (A member of the suffragette party) becamame a matryr after killing herself by jumping infront of horses at the "Epson Derby".
Martyrs gain a lot of sympathy by the public for preforming such an act which is one of the main contributing factors as to why they do it in the first place.
1.) One who puts themselves in harms way so that someone else doesn't have to. One who would die fighting for a cause.
2.) An attention whore who puts themselves in harms way and/or complains about it expecting others to feel thankful or sorry for them. For Glory.
2.) SPARTANS! PREPARE FOR GLORY!!!
(HOOA HOOA HOOA HOOA HOOA!!!)
Although the Spartans wanted glory, they did what they did anyway glory or no glory, they aren't really attention whores.
-One who deliberately puts himself in situations to force sympathy and pity out of those around him.
-One who makes his situation sound worse than it ever really will be in order to seek attention