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martyrdom

[mahr-ter-duh m] /ˈmɑr tər dəm/
noun
1.
the condition, sufferings, or death of a martyr.
2.
extreme suffering; torment.
Origin of martyrdom
900
before 900; Middle English martirdom, Old English martyrdōm. See martyr, -dom
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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

martyrdom

/ˈmɑːtədəm/
noun
1.
the sufferings or death of a martyr
2.
great suffering or torment
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Word Origin and History for martyrdom
n.

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

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