- the condition, sufferings, or death of a martyr.
- extreme suffering; torment.
Origin of martyrdom
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Examples from the Web for martyrdom
“This is a shahid [martyrdom] operation and we are going to fight until we die,” the man in the video said.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia
December 4, 2014
He told the news channel he awaits death with joy and that martyrdom is the greatest reward.Showing the Faces of Its Murderers, ISIS Shows Its Global Reach
November 18, 2014
So much for hungering for martyrdom and all those virgins waiting in paradise.What It’s Like to Be Snatched by the Delta Force
October 9, 2014
Potential recruits are told their main role in the Islamic revolution will be through matrimony and childbearing, not martyrdom.The Bride of ISIS Revealed
September 3, 2014
Martyrdom, in this context, being defined as “mockery, slander, ostracism.”‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream
July 22, 2014
His martyrdom was continued by forbidding him all access to the healing waters.The Secret Agent
For weeks and months I live my life of martyrdom without complaint.
You must not say that you gave your life to your cause and were ready for martyrdom!
His wife was obliged to run away to escape from her martyrdom.The Sexual Question
Of precocious nature, she endured her martyrdom with extraordinary fortitude.The Fortune of the Rougons
- the sufferings or death of a martyr
- great suffering or torment
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Word Origin and History for martyrdom
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