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martyr

a person who suffers death rather than renounce his religious beliefs
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But humble as we are, and unpretending, in the matter of art, our researches among the painted monks and martyrs have not been wholly in vain.
Sturdily holding to their own opinions, they thought incessant repetitions of Saints, Martyrs, and Holy Families, monotonous and uninteresting--and said so.
Erskine, who had presented him, a few days before, with a copy of "The Patriot Martyrs and other Poems," tried to catch a glimpse of the book over which Trefusis was so serious.
At the day's tasks he worked long and faithfully, but he also loved comfort, and he had nothing of the martyr's instinct.
It was as if a martyr, a hero, had passed a slave or victim, and imparted strength in the transit.
"Were you condemned, were you innocent, were you a martyr," replied Felton, "the greater would be the necessity for prayer; and I myself would aid you with my prayers."
At last he rose and taking his handkerchief steeped it in the blood of the martyred king.
"Louis XVI was executed because they said he was dishonorable and a criminal," came into Pierre's head, "and from their point of view they were right, as were those too who canonized him and died a martyr's death for his sake.
The window went up, a maid-servant's discordant voice profaned the holy calm, and a deluge of water drenched the prone martyr's remains!
The Catholics gathered the remains of this glorious martyr, and interred them.
The pitiable lot is that of the man who could not call himself a martyr even though he were to persuade himself that the men who stoned him were but ugly passions incarnate--who knows that he is stoned, not for professing the Right, but for not being the man he professed to be.
Gryphus pointed with his finger to the bed on which the martyr had suffered so much, who on that day had rendered his soul to God.