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Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary

One who bears witness of the truth, and suffers death in the cause of Christ (Acts 22:20; Revelation 2:13; 17:6). In this sense Stephen was the first martyr. The Greek word so rendered in all other cases is translated "witness."

1. In a court of justice (Matthew 18:16; 26:65; Acts 6:13; 7:58; Hebrews 10:28; 1 Timothy 5:19).

2. As of one bearing testimony to the truth of what he has seen or known (Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8, 22; Romans 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 2:5, 10; 1 John 1:2).

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

M'ARTYR, noun [Gr. a witness.] One who, by his death, bears witness to the truth of the gospel. Stephen was the first christian martyr

To be a martyr signifies only to witness the truth of Christ.

1. One who suffers death in defense of any cause. We say, a man dies a martyr to his political principles or to the cause of liberty.

M'ARTYR, verb transitive To put to death for adhering to what one believes to be the truth; to sacrifice one on account of his faith or profession.

1. To murder; to destroy.

Naves Topical Index

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

M'ARTYRDOM, noun The death of a martyr; the suffering of death on account of one's adherence to the faith of the gospel.

He intends to crown their innocence with the glory of martyrdom

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

M'ARTYRIZE, verb transitive To offer as a martyr. [Little used.]

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MARTYROLOG'ICAL, adjective Registering or registered in a catalogue or martyrs.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MARTYROL'OGIST, noun A writer of martyrology, or an account of martyrs.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MARTYROL'OGY, noun [Gr. a witness, and discourse.] A history or account of martyrs with their sufferings; or a register of martyrs.