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1- Person who suffers or dies for a belief, idea or cause.
2-(Figuratively) Person who suffers mistreatment
Despite reddit admin's current opression and censorship on loli content, Holofan4life rose up and was unjustly permanently banned. Loved by all, his ban has brought much distraught to the community. He has indeed become a true martyr.
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1. One who chooses to suffer death rather than renounce religious principles.
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.
Accidently like a martyr -Warren Zevon
by Cliff Dickens May 02, 2004
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A martyr is a person who dies fighting for what they believe in. A martyr can either kill themselves or be killed.

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.

Martin Luther King is a martyr as he died defending black peoples rights
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Most of these definitions are wrong or half right, there are two types of Martyrs:

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.
1.) Although Rambo is a fictional character, he is the ultimate example of a Martyr.

Although the Spartans wanted glory, they did what they did anyway glory or no glory, they aren't really attention whores.
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Someone who purposely takes on extra duties or unpleasant activity for the sake of attention and being able to complain about it.
1. Eli always volunteers to work late and then complains about it. He is such a martyr.
by Heat333 February 07, 2006
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-One who purposefully puts himself in harms way

-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

Attention seeker.
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A person whose life is so empty that they live to use their self-sacrifice as a weapon against you. In their neuropathological state they believe that by doing so this places them above you, whether intellectually, socially, financially etc.
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 ( )

High explosives & nails. ( def:nailbomb )

Chances are that we ALL know a martyr. See if you can spot which of your 'friends' or work 'colleagues' is one.
Joe: "It's OK John, I don't mind cleaning up all your crap & covering for you while you go home early... again."
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!"
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