Definition of martyred in English:

martyred

adjective

  • 1(of a person) having been martyred.

    ‘a martyred saint’
    • ‘He became a martyred hero whose soaring rhetoric inspired many in the United States and abroad.’
    • ‘This is the day of martyred intellectuals, who were brutally killed by the occupation army and their cohorts.’
    • ‘Scottish nationalists have made her into their version of Joan of Arc, a martyred hero who struggled against English oppression.’
    • ‘Almost overnight the martyred Thomas became a saint.’
    • ‘Emotionally, he is drawn to Mary, a martyred heroine falsely accused of plotting her cousin's death and meeting her own end with grace and dignity.’
    • ‘Many martyred pilgrim sites are spread across the country.’
    • ‘Figuring the outlaw as the martyred victim of both tyranny from without and treachery from within, oral tradition solicits sympathy and even pity for the people's hero.’
    • ‘In the Vendee, south of the Loire, civil war was soon raging, with the rebels organizing themselves into a self-styled Catholic and Royal Army dedicated to restoring the heirs of the martyred king.’
    • ‘All the mothers emphasized that their martyred son was the better child: he was the best looking, the smartest, the most compassionate and loving of all the siblings.’
    • ‘People had held her in high esteem fancying that her withdrawal from public life was a sort of silent homage to her martyred husband.’
    • ‘And so the story ends with the martyred Saint John the Baptist.’
    • ‘The artist drew on religious imagery of martyred saints to depict new political martyrs.’
    • ‘From around the fourth century, bishops approved the cause of martyred Christians, and their cult would spread among local churches.’
    • ‘Another woman, dressed in white and with her hair pulled back in a chignon, says she weeps today ‘to beg forgiveness of this martyred child.’’
    • ‘John the Baptist's murder might well have been similarly cast save for the tradition that followed him, which recounts the story in which he is a martyred saint.’
    • ‘A large figure of St. Nabor, a martyred Roman soldier, overlooks the silent host.’
    1. 1.1 (of an expression or manner) showing pretended or exaggerated suffering so as to obtain sympathy.
      ‘he got into the car with a martyred air’
      • ‘Renny quit his pummeling and struck a martyred pose.’
      • ‘It was a snack shop; he turned to the lady at the counter with a martyred expression, amazed inside at how easy it was to lie.’
      • ‘At this stage I'm going around with a martyred look on my face, indicating to everyone that I am abstaining from something, which goes against what I learned at school.’
      • ‘I glanced over and almost leapt out of my skin to see Will being wheeled into the room in a blue hospital wheelchair, a look of martyred boredom on his face, mingled with a sneaky eagerness and a hint of shame.’
      • ‘Some stand as if in a martyred silence, some have bullhorns.’

Pronunciation

martyred

/ˈmɑːtəd/