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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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Minister of Welfare and Social Security, Mashaer Al-Dawalab, for her part, hailed mothers of martyrs and said they have become examples.
He said that those who fought against the terrorism and embraced the martyr they were the real hero of the nation their sacrifices would be remembered in the history 'I salute them,' he added.
Army Martyrs Organization GB President, B Jamil thanked the CM and requested him to provide jobs to all heirs of army martyrs including of Gayari sector Shuhada.
The martyrs were also remembered at the educational institutions across Punjab.
Singh's clarification comes a day after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) submitted a report to the Central Information Commission (CIC) seeking the meaning and definition of the word martyr (Shaheed) according to the law and constitution.
The name of the 9 martyrs are: Abdel Hamid Abu Srour, Musbah Abu Sbieh, Fadi Qanbar, Mohammed Al-Faqih, Rami Awartani, Mohammad Tarayra, Adel Ankoush, Osama Atta, Baraa Atta.
Visiting the mourning tents of the martyrs Ahmad Khalifa Al Beloushi in Al Ain, Mohammed Saeed Al Hassani in Fujairah, 1st Lieutenant Pilot Jassem Saleh Al Zaabi in Ras Al Khaimah and Sameer Mohammed Murad Abu Bakr Al Beloushi in Ajman, Shaikh Hamdan offered his heartfelt condolences to the martyrs' families.
The State also decided to grant the beneficiaries among the martyrs and wounded of the revolution a lifetime monthly pension for those who have not received compensation, for compensation of moral and physical harm as a global capital and in light of the judgments of the courts.
The martyr, based at Al Maamura area in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, had earlier asked his elder brother Saleh to take care of his four girls Mariam, Aziza, Mira and Asma and bring them well when heading to the war.
The minister said the Emirati diplomacy also defends the country alongside guns, and noted that two of the martyrs, the late Saif Ghobash and Khalifa Al Mubarak, worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and were killed by treacherous hands.
Today, we recall with gratitude the sacrifice of the Uganda martyrs," Francis said at the shrine, AFP reported.
Elle a ajoute que seuls 600 blesses et 23 martyrs de Kasserine ont obtenu la moitie des indemnites qui leur ont ete accordees par la justice et que les familles des blesses et des martyrs de plusieurs gouvernorats (Regueb, Tozeur, Kebili, Douz, Medenine Tataouine, Gabes, Grand TunisAa) n'ont rien obtenu jusqu'a present.
Because of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the cruel are overcome, evil is defeated, and martyrs conquer, the Most Rev Justin Welby said in his Easter Sunday sermon at Canterbury Cathedral.
Martyr Mohammad Hassan Ayoub was buried in Tayouneh cemetery, while Mohammad Ahmad Moqdad was laid to rest in Ouzai graveyard, NNA reported Monday.
He said that Punjab government will also provide a house free of cost to the heirs of martyrs in Ashiyana Housing Scheme.