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Hero vs. Martyr

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Main Difference

The main difference between Hero and Martyr is that the Hero is a person who displays characteristics of heroism and Martyr is a person who suffers persecution and death for advocating, refusing to renounce, and/or refusing to advocate a belief or cause, usually a religious one.

Wikipedia
  • Hero (noun)

    Somebody who possesses great bravery and carries out extraordinary deeds.

  • Hero (noun)

    A role model.

  • Hero (noun)

    The main protagonist in a work of fiction.

  • Hero (noun)

    The current player, especially an hypothetical player for example and didactic purposes. Compare: any opponent player. Not to be confused with a weak call against a supposed bluff.

    "Let's discuss how to play if the hero has KK, and there's an ace on board."

  • Hero (noun)

    A large sandwich made from meats and cheeses; a hero sandwich.

  • Hero (noun)

    The product chosen from several candidates to be photographed.

  • Martyr (noun)

    One who willingly accepts being put to death for adhering openly to one's religious beliefs; notably, saints canonized after martyrdom.

    "Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr."

  • Martyr (noun)

    One who sacrifices his or her life, station, or something of great personal value, for the sake of principle or to sustain a cause.

  • Martyr (noun)

    One who suffers greatly and/or constantly, even involuntarily.

    "''Stan is a martyr to arthritis, Chris a martyr to Stan's endless moaning about it."

  • Martyr (verb)

    To make someone into a martyr by putting him or her to death for adhering to, or acting in accordance with, some belief, especially religious; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.

  • Martyr (verb)

    To persecute.

    "Some religious and other minorities were martyred until extinction."

  • Martyr (verb)

    To torment; to torture.

    "The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart"

    "Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart.'' — Spenser"

Wiktionary
Oxford Dictionary
  • Hero (noun)

    An illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules.

  • Hero (noun)

    A man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or illustrious person.

  • Hero (noun)

    The principal personage in a poem, story, and the like, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Æneas in the Æneid.

  • Martyr (noun)

    One who, by his death, bears witness to the truth of the gospel; one who is put to death for his religion; as, Stephen was the first Christian martyr.

  • Martyr (noun)

    Hence, one who sacrifices his life, his station, or what is of great value to him, for the sake of principle, or to sustain a cause.

  • Martyr

    To put to death for adhering to some belief, esp. Christianity; to sacrifice on account of faith or profession.

  • Martyr

    To persecute; to torment; to torture.

Webster Dictionary
  • Hero (noun)

    a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength;

    "RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain"

  • Hero (noun)

    the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem

  • Hero (noun)

    someone who fights for a cause

  • Hero (noun)

    Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)

  • Hero (noun)

    (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god

  • Hero (noun)

    (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her

  • Hero (noun)

    a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States

  • Martyr (noun)

    one who suffers for the sake of principle

  • Martyr (noun)

    one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion

  • Martyr (verb)

    kill as a martyr;

    "Saint Sebastian was martyred"

  • Martyr (verb)

    torture and torment like a martyr

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