martyrdom

[mahr-ter-duhm]
noun
1.
the condition, sufferings, or death of a martyr.
2.
extreme suffering; torment.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English martirdom, Old English martyrdōm. See martyr, -dom

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martyrdom (ˈmɑːtədəm)
 
n
1.  the sufferings or death of a martyr
2.  great suffering or torment

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martyrdom
O.E. martyrdom; see martyr + -dom.
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Example sentences
Self-publishing will destroy the aura of martyrdom that writers have enjoyed
  for centuries.
Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.
If the orthodoxy imposed is rejected by the majority of voters, the orthodox
  must embrace martyrdom.
We have made it possible for the mujahideen to find an opening for martyrdom.
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