Definitions for: Martyrdom

[n] any experience that causes intense suffering
[n] death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

I came from martyrdom unto this peace. --Longfellow.

2. Affliction; torment; torture. --Chaucer.

Synonyms: calvary

See Also: affliction, death, decease

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