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[mahr-ter-duh m] /ˈmɑr tər dəm/
the condition, sufferings, or death of a martyr.
extreme suffering; torment.
Origin of martyrdom
before 900; Middle English martirdom, Old English martyrdōm. See martyr, -dom Unabridged
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  • The martyrdom of St Edmund in the next spandrel is a most realistic picture.

  • It accounts for the readiness to commit suicide and for the indifference to martyrdom.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • He sets his gendarmes of the future on religion and thereby gives it a longer lease of life by martyrdom.

  • I go to martyrdom: to fulfil what appears to be the solemn vocation of the Ouvertures.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • We are left, however, for the most part, without authentic record of the tragic scenes of Christian martyrdom.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
British Dictionary definitions for martyrdom


the sufferings or death of a martyr
great suffering or torment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for martyrdom

Old English martyrdom; see martyr (n.) + -dom.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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