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make a martyr of (one)

To make one on the opposing side of an issue suffer for their position, only for that suffering to cause other people to sympathize with the victim, thus strengthening their cause. The British government's biggest mistake in dealing with the Irish revolutionaries was to execute the leaders of the 1916 uprising. By making martyrs of them, the government unified the Irish people in a position of revolt.
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make a martyr of (oneself)

To go out of one's way to do difficult or unpleasant things, especially to engender pity or sympathy in others. My mother always made a martyr of herself at Christmas time, slaving away in the kitchen and then complaining about how tired she was.
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Furthermore, on February 14, four security officials were martyred after a gun attack at Sariab Road area of Quetta.
Earlier in December, two Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency.
They added that the salaries were stopped on day when their sons were martyred and after submitting several applications in this regard in Khyber house and in other related offices but no one in the officials were listening to them.
He was part of the country troops in Bahrain, Afghanistan, and finally Yemen where he was martyred, and that is an honour to us all.
As for their families, does believing that their children were martyred rather than murdered help them make any sense out of otherwise senseless deaths?
The last journey of the martyred soldiers began from Poonch town.
During the reign of Mwanga about 100 Christians of various denominations were martyred.
The lattre examinacyon of Anne Askewe, lately martyred in Smythfelde, by the wicked Synagogue of Antichrist, with the Elucydacyon of Johan Bale.
The martyred bishops, priests, religious, and laypeople of Central and Latin America, as Jesuit theologian Jon Sobrino and others have noted, had the dismal honor of being killed not by pagans who hated Christianity but by people who prided themselves on representing the most authentic form of Catholic culture while also fighting against "Marxist traitors.
According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued yesterday, the terrorists attacked an army vehicle from surrounding mountains in North Waziristan Agency as a result of which Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat were martyred .
LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday met the widow and other family members of martyred constable Javed Iqbal of the Anti-Terrorism Force Punjab, in Dera Ghazi Khan.
Riyadh, Safar 23, 1437, December 05, 2015, SPA -- Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard, conveyed on Saturday condolence of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the family of the martyr Corporal Naer bin Ghazi Al-Buqami who was martyred yesterday after he was injured by a projectile in Najran while he was defending his religion and his country's borders.
Messages expressing gratitude and appreciation poured in from the families of the martyred soldiers, all of whom voiced their pride in calling their family member a UAE martyr.
KHYBER AGENCY -- The families of 21 Frontier Corp (FC) personnel who martyred in war on terror were handed over keys of 21 houses here on Friday.
He was martyred on Sunday as he was accompanying the National Defense Forces which backed the Syrian Arab army in confronting the Erdogan-govemrnet-backed armed terrorist groups in Kasab district in Lattakia province.