martyrdom


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mar·tyr·dom

 (mär′tər-dəm)
n.
1.
a. The state of being a martyr.
b. The suffering of death by a martyr.
2. Extreme suffering of any kind.

martyrdom

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

mar•tyr•dom

(ˈmɑr tər dəm)

n.
1. the condition, sufferings, or death of a martyr.
2. extreme suffering; torment.
[before 900]

martyrdom

1. the condition of being a martyr.
2. the death or type of suffering of a particular martyr.
3. any arduous suffering or torment.
See also: Religion
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.martyrdom - death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or causemartyrdom - death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause
death, decease, expiry - the event of dying or departure from life; "her death came as a terrible shock"; "upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"
2.martyrdom - any experience that causes intense suffering
affliction - a cause of great suffering and distress

martyrdom

noun persecution, suffering, torture, agony, ordeal, torment, anguish the martyrdom of Bishop Cannio
joy, happiness, ecstasy, bliss
Quotations
"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it" [Oscar Wilde Sebastian Melmoth]
Translations
إسْتِشْهاد، عَذاب، شَهيد
mučednictví
martyrdødmartyrium
vértanúság
píslarvætti
mučeníctvo
ıstırap çekmeşehitlik

martyrdom

[ˈmɑːtədəm] Nmartirio m

martyrdom

[ˈmɑːrrdəm] nmartyre m

martyrdom

n (= suffering)Martyrium nt; (= death)Märtyrertod m

martyrdom

[ˈmɑːtədəm] nmartirio

martyr

(ˈmaːtə) noun
1. a person who suffers death or hardship for what he or she believes. St Joan is said to have been a martyr.
2. a person who continually suffers from a disease, difficulty etc. She is a martyr to rheumatism.
verb
to put (someone) to death or cause (him) to suffer greatly for his beliefs. Saint Joan was martyred by the English.
ˈmartyrdom noun
the suffering or death of a martyr.
References in classic literature ?
Such a man should have nothing to do with sorrow; nothing with strife; nothing with the martyrdom which, in an infinite variety of shapes, awaits those who have the heart, and will, and conscience, to fight a battle with the world.
His son, too, inherited the persecuting spirit, and made himself so conspicuous in the martyrdom of the witches, that their blood may fairly be said to have left a stain upon him.
With a self-sacrifice which some of our readers will appreciate, she resolved, instead of comfortably making her own bed, sweeping and dusting her own chamber,--which she had hitherto done, in utter scorn of all offers of help from the chambermaid of the establishment,--to condemn herself to the martyrdom of instructing Topsy to perform these operations,--ah, woe the day
Taken together they make a character which would have fared harshly at the hands of history if its owner had had the ill luck to miss martyrdom.
Aunt Jane six months later mitigated this martyrdom by making her a ruffled dimity pinafore, artfully shaped to conceal all the spots.
I have suffered a martyrdom from their incompetency and caprice.
On this occasion she refused one dish after another with a resolution which implied the rarest of all modern martyrdoms -- gastric martyrdom.
He will be delighted, Lady Brandon; he pines for martyrdom.
Her death has all the pathetic uselessness of martyrdom, all its wasted beauty.
On this occasion it may not be thought impertinent to give some account of the life and death of this brave and holy Portuguese, who, after having been successful in many battles, fell at last into the hands of the Moors, and completed that illustrious life by a glorious martyrdom.
But theirs was "the better fortitude of patience and heroic martyrdom.
Sancho slept that night in a cot in the same chamber with Don Quixote, a thing he would have gladly excused if he could for he knew very well that with questions and answers his master would not let him sleep, and he was in no humour for talking much, as he still felt the pain of his late martyrdom, which interfered with his freedom of speech; and it would have been more to his taste to sleep in a hovel alone, than in that luxurious chamber in company.