Middle English Dictionary Entry

martiren v.
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Eccl. To put (sb.) to death as a martyr, make a martyr of (sb.); torture and execute (sb.) for professing the Christian faith.
(a) To kill (sb.), put to death; slaughter (people); ~ to deth; (b) to torture (sb.), torment, afflict; (c) to ruin (sth.), destroy.