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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.
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martyrdom

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

(ˈmɑr tər dəm)

n.
1. the condition, sufferings, or death of a martyr.
2. extreme suffering; torment.
[before 900]
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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
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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
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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]
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Translations
إسْتِشْهاد، عَذاب، شَهيد
mučednictví
martyrdødmartyrium
vértanúság
píslarvætti
mučeníctvo
ıstırap çekmeşehitlik

martyrdom

[ˈmɑːtədəm] Nmartirio m
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martyrdom

[ˈmɑːrrdəm] nmartyre m
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martyrdom

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

[ˈmɑːtədəm] nmartirio
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Martyrdom is the luckiest fate that can befall some people.
Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa, has not smiled with some gentleness at the thought of the little girl walking forth one morning hand-in-hand with her still smaller brother, to go and seek martyrdom in the country of the Moors?
We inquired, and learned that the lions of Smyrna consisted of the ruins of the ancient citadel, whose broken and prodigious battlements frown upon the city from a lofty hill just in the edge of the town--the Mount Pagus of Scripture, they call it; the site of that one of the Seven Apocalyptic Churches of Asia which was located here in the first century of the Christian era; and the grave and the place of martyrdom of the venerable Polycarp, who suffered in Smyrna for his religion some eighteen hundred years ago.
Only a woman who had been accustomed to suffer, who had been broken and disciplined to self-restraint, could have endured the moral martyrdom inflicted on her as this woman endured it, from the beginning of the evening to the end.
de Thou, and other slovenly executed people, that the headsman might inflict more than one stroke, that is to say, more than one martyrdom, on the poor tulip-fancier.
She rose, and in rising, looked for the first time towards the little room in which my martyrdom was going on.
It is part of the martyrdom which I endure for the cause of the Truth that there are seasons of mental weakness, when Cubes and Spheres flit away into the background of scarce-possible existences; when the Land of Three Dimensions seems almost as visionary as the Land of One or None; nay, when even this hard wall that bars me from my freedom, these very tablets on which I am writing, and all the substantial realities of Flatland itself, appear no better than the offspring of a diseased imagination, or the baseless fabric of a dream.
Pfuel was one of those hopelessly and immutably self-confident men, self-confident to the point of martyrdom as only Germans are, because only Germans are self-confident on the basis of an abstract notion- science, that is, the supposed knowledge of absolute truth.
Aunt Jane six months later mitigated this martyrdom by making her a ruffled dimity pinafore, artfully shaped to conceal all the spots.
On this occasion she refused one dish after another with a resolution which implied the rarest of all modern martyrdoms -- gastric martyrdom.
"Listen," said Morcerf -- "if Mademoiselle Danglars were disposed to take pity on my supposed martyrdom on her account, and would dispense with all matrimonial formalities between our two families, I am ready to agree to the arrangement.
"The enemies of a great and good man can in no other way make him so glorious as by giving him the crown of martyrdom."