martyrdom

[mahr-ter-duh m]

noun

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
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martyrdom

noun

the sufferings or death of a martyr
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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