I came across this definition of “martyr” in the July 2010 newsletter of The Voice of the Martyrs:
When we hear the word “martyr,” most of us think of someone who dies for a cause, usually religious faith. but the word’s true meaning goes much deeper. St. Augustine said, “The cause, not the suffering, makes a genuine martyr.” The Greek word “martus” means one who remembers and testifies to the truth -an active witness. -VOM, July 2010, pg. 15
Why is this important? The word “martyr” can get thrown around a lot these days as somebody who dies for his/her faith, whether that be a suicide bomber or a person murdered in a religious raid.
But a true “martyr” is a “witness” to the Truth and that is God. How they may die is not as important as who they’re dying for.