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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
). In this sense Stephen was the first martyr. The Greek word so rendered in all other cases is translated "witness." In a court of justice (Matthew 18:16; 26:65; Acts 6:13; 7:58; Hebrews 10:28; 1 Timothy 5:19 ). 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 ).
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Martyr'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/m/martyr.html. 1897.