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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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  • Self-publishing will destroy the aura of martyrdom that writers have enjoyed for centuries.
  • Families of suicide bombers enjoy an increased status in their communities by virtue of their relatives' perceived martyrdom.
  • 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.
  • The skeptical and the secular also need stories of martyrdom and rousing acts of cinematic preaching.
  • She inhabits a universe in which martyrdom appears to be not only an exalted ambition but a reasonable career choice.
  • It denies the flag-waving orator a self-professed martyrdom.
  • And it is good to know that he will not achieve a fanatic's martyrdom.
  • It's called martyrdom, and it works precisely because it requires so little to get an overwhelmingly hostile response.
British Dictionary definitions for martyrdom


the sufferings or death of a martyr
great suffering or torment
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Word Origin and History for martyrdom

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

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