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What is the difference between saint and martyr?

saint | martyr |

As nouns the difference between saint and martyr

is that saint is a person to whom a church or another religious group has officially attributed the title of "saint"; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue while martyr is one who willingly accepts being put to death for adhering openly to one's religious beliefs; notably, saints canonized after martyrdom.

As verbs the difference between saint and martyr

is that saint is to canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint while martyr is 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.

saint

English

Noun

(wikipedia saint) (en noun)
  • A person to whom a church or another religious group has officially attributed the title of "saint"; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue.
  • Kateri Tekakwitha was proclaimed a saint .
  • (figuratively, by extension) 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 !
  • One who is sanctified or made holy; a person who is separated unto God’s service.
  • to the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints , with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours. (1Cor. 1:2)
  • One of the blessed in heaven.
  • * Milton
  • Then shall thy saints , unmixed, and from the impure / Far separate, circling thy holy mount, / Unfeigned hallelujahs to thee sing.

    Synonyms

    * (holy person) (l), sheik

    See also

    * hallow * holos * holy

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (nonstandard) To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.
  • Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.

    Anagrams

    * * * * * ----

    martyr

    English

    (wikipedia martyr)

    Noun

    (en 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 .
  • (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.
  • (with a prepositional phrase of cause) 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.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1937 , author=AJ Cronin , title=The Citadel , passage=He'd been a martyr to asthma all his life.}}
  • One who is killed or suffers greatly because of an identity or position, e.g., a young prince killed when his father, the king, is deposed for the purpose of preventing the restoration of the monarchy later.
  • Synonyms

    * shaheed, shahid

    Antonyms

    * confessor

    Derived terms

    {{der3, martyr complex , martyrdom , martyress , martyrial , martyrish , martyrizate , martyrize , martyrizer , martyrly , martyrolatry , martyrless , martyrship}}

    Verb

    (en 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.
  • To persecute.
  • ''Some religious and other minorities were martyred until extinction.
  • To torment; to torture.
  • The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart
    Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart. — Spenser

    Synonyms

    * martyrize

    Derived terms

    * martyrer