-they tortured
The word martirizaban is the imperfect form of martirizar in the third person plural.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to cause pain)
a. to torture
El asesino en serie martirizaba a sus víctimas antes de matarlas.The serial killer tortured his victims before killing them.
b. to torment
Martirizaban a los enemigos del rey en los calabozos del castillo.Enemies of the king were tormented in the castle dungeons.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(to pester)
a. to torment
A Marta le encantaba martirizar a su hermanita y siempre andaba quitándole los juguetes.Marta loved tormenting her little sister and was always taking her toys from her.
3. (religious)
a. to martyr
Muchos de los apótoles de Jesucristo fueron martirizados.Many of Christ's apostles were martyred.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (torturar)
a. to martyr
2. (hacer sufrir)
a. to torment, to torture
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transitive verb
1 (Religión) to martyr
2 (atormentar) to torture; torment
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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