martyrdom

noun
mar·​tyr·​dom | \ ˈmär-tər-dəm \

Definition of martyrdom

1 : the suffering of death on account of adherence to a cause and especially to one's religious faith … defended moral truth even to the point of enduring martyrdom— Andrew Sullivan

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Taft’s predecessor, Teddy Roosevelt, would have been gaudily masculine in his martyrdom. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did Chivalry Go Down With the Titanic?," 14 Dec. 2018 But there’s a moral aftermath: The missionary found martyrdom, the Sentinelese a new lease on life. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "Death of a Missionary," 25 Nov. 2018 Ali explained the painting in detail and spoke about the propriety of using a Christian source for the portrayal of his martyrdom. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Behind the scenes with influential graphic artists from 50 years ago," 30 May 2018 Cardinal Dolan wrote, in a reference to the martyrdom of St. Valentine in the third century. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "Eat, Pray, Love: An Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day Dilemma," 12 Feb. 2018 Whatever happens, Mr Sharif and his daughter are likely to acquire an air of martyrdom. The Economist, "Pakistan’s former prime minister embraces jail to rally his party," 12 July 2018 While the government laid out requirements for martyrdom in 2011—stipulating that deaths must have occurred in the course of public service—what constitutes a national hero is less clear. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Guards Its Historical Heroes With New Law," 27 Apr. 2018 The links represent a single thistle and four interlinked sprigs of rue, and a pendant portraying St. Andrew carrying the cross of his martyrdom hangs down the center, according to the royal family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018 Yet his martyrdom helped change America for the better. The Economist, "A different dream," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of martyrdom

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of martyrdom was before the 12th century

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martyrdom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of martyrdom

: the suffering and death of a martyr

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