The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Martyr \Mar"tyr\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Martyred; p. pr. & vb.
1. To put to death for adhering to some belief, esp.
Christianity; to sacrifice on account of faith or
profession. --Bp. Pearson.
2. To persecute; to torment; to torture. --Chaucer.
The lovely Amoret, whose gentle heart
Thou martyrest with sorrow and with smart.
Racked with sciatics, martyred with the stone.