martyrdom
noun Date: before 12th century 1. the suffering of death on account of adherence to a cause and especially to one's religious faith 2. affliction, torture

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  • Martyrdom — Mar tyr*dom, n. [Martyr + dom.] 1. The condition of a martyr; the death of a martyr; the suffering of death on account of adherence to the Christian faith, or to any cause. Bacon. [1913 Webster] I came from martyrdom unto this peace. Longfellow.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • martyrdom — O.E. martyrdom; see MARTYR (Cf. martyr) (n.) + DOM (Cf. dom) …   Etymology dictionary

  • martyrdom — [märt′ərdəm] n. [ME martirdom < OE martyrdom: see MARTYR & DOM] 1. the state of being a martyr 2. the death or sufferings of a martyr 3. severe, long continued suffering; torment …   English World dictionary

  • martyrdom — [n] suffering endured for sake of a cause affliction, agonizing, agony, anguish, crucifixion, devotion, distress, mortification, ordeal, pain, persecution, sacrifice, selfimmolation, self sacrifice, torment, torture, unselfishness; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • martyrdom — [[t]mɑ͟ː(r)tə(r)dəm[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT If someone suffers martyrdom, they are killed or made to suffer greatly because of their religious or political beliefs. ...the martyrdom of Bishop Feliciano... He suffered martyrdom by stoning. 2) N UNCOUNT… …   English dictionary

  • martyrdom — n. to suffer martyrdom * * * [ mɑːtədəm] to suffer martyrdom …   Combinatory dictionary

  • martyrdom — /mahr teuhr deuhm/, n. 1. the condition, sufferings, or death of a martyr. 2. extreme suffering; torment. [bef. 900; ME martirdom, OE martyrdom. See MARTYR, DOM] * * * …   Universalium

  • martyrdóm — m ( es/ as) martyrdom …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • martyrdom — mar|tyr|dom [ˈma:tədəm US ˈma:rtər ] n [U] death as a martyr ▪ In that year, thousands of Christians suffered martyrdom for their faith …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • martyrdom — noun the martyrdom of Peter Syn: death, suffering, torture, torment, persecution, agony, ordeal; killing, sacrifice, self sacrifice, crucifixion, immolation, burning, auto da fé; Christianity Passion …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • martyrdom — martyr ► NOUN 1) a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs. 2) a person who exaggerates their difficulties in order to obtain sympathy or admiration. ► VERB ▪ make a martyr of. DERIVATIVES martyrdom noun. ORIGIN Greek… …   English terms dictionary

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