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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First Known Use of martyrdom

before 12th century

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MARTYRDOM Defined for English Language Learners

martyrdom

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Definition of martyrdom for English Language Learners

  • : the suffering and death of a martyr


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