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Saint vs. Martyr

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Saintnoun

A person whom a church or another religious group has officially recognised as especially holy or godly; one eminent for piety and virtue.

‘Kateri Tekakwitha was proclaimed a saint.’;

Martyrnoun

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.’;

Saintnoun

A person with positive qualities; one who does good.

‘Dorothy Day was a living saint.’; ‘Thanks for looking after the house while I'm away. You're a saint!’;

Martyrnoun

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

Saintnoun

One who is sanctified or made holy; a person who is separated unto God’s service.

Martyrnoun

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.’;

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Saintnoun

One of the blessed in heaven.

Saintnoun

(archaic) A holy object.

‘It is ruine to a man to deuour saints, and afterward to retract the vowes.’;

Saintverb

(transitive) To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.

‘Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.’;

Martyrverb

(transitive) To torment; to torture.

‘The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart’; ‘Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart.'' — Spenser’;

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Saintnoun

A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue; any true Christian, as being redeemed and consecrated to God.

‘Them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.’;

Saintnoun

One of the blessed in heaven.

‘Then shall thy saints, unmixed, and from the impureFar separate, circling thy holy mount,Unfeigned hallelujahs to thee sing.’;

Martyrverb

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

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Saintverb

To make a saint of; to enroll among the saints by an offical act, as of the pope; to canonize; to give the title or reputation of a saint to (some one).

‘A large hospital, erected by a shoemaker who has been beatified, though never sainted.’; ‘Whether the charmer sinner it or saint it.’;

Saintverb

To act or live as a saint.

Saintnoun

a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization

Martyrnoun

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

Martyrverb

kill as a martyr;

‘Saint Sebastian was martyred’;

Saintnoun

model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

Martyrverb

torture and torment like a martyr

Saintverb

hold sacred

Martyrnoun

a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs

‘the first Christian martyr’;

Saintverb

in the Catholic church; declare (a dead person) to be a saint;

‘After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized’;

Martyrnoun

a person who displays or exaggerates their discomfort or distress in order to obtain sympathy

‘she wanted to play the martyr’;

Saint

In religious belief, a saint is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness, likeness, or closeness to God. However, the use of the term depends on the context and denomination.

‘saint’;

Martyrnoun

a constant sufferer from (an ailment)

‘I'm a martyr to migraine!’;

Martyrverb

kill (someone) because of their beliefs

‘she was martyred for her faith’;

Martyrverb

cause great pain or distress to

‘there was no need to martyr themselves again’;

Martyr

A martyr (Greek: μάρτυς, mártys, stem μαρτυρ-, martyr-) is someone who suffers persecution and death for advocating, renouncing, or refusing to renounce or advocate, a religious belief or cause as demanded by an external party. In the martyrdom narrative of the remembering community, this refusal to comply with the presented demands results in the punishment or execution of an actor by an alleged oppressor.

‘witness’;

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