Definition of martyrdom in English:

martyrdom

noun

mass noun
  • 1The death or suffering of a martyr.

    ‘the martyrdom of St Anthony’
    • ‘We are reminded, for example, that belief in the resurrection of the dead is not an essential feature of the Jewish Bible but a view that developed primarily in response to the martyrdoms of the Maccabean revolt.’
    • ‘His first encounter with the Stations of the Cross set him howling with fright in church; his compulsory bedtime reading as a child was stories of Christian saints and their martyrdoms.’
    • ‘Christianity in the first three centuries was a religion of martyrdom.’
    • ‘What does the Bible tell us about the ministry, martyrdom, resurrection and ascension of the two witnesses?’
    • ‘History is full of their bloody exploits, conquests, sacrifices and martyrdoms.’
    • ‘Throughout the entire span of their eventful history, they have struggled and fought for universal causes and have courted martyrdoms to uphold the values of truth, justice and freedom.’
    • ‘The persecutions and martyrdoms seemed to have solidified the believers' faith.’
    • ‘Reports of martyrdoms steeled resistance to persecution and were the source of encouragement to persevere.’
    • ‘Obedience, suffering, and martyrdom are also the theme of Jesus' words in John 12.’
    • ‘His characters lived and understood themselves in a fallen world where martyrdom was often the cost of salvation.’
    • ‘A tragedian, Rubens loved to depict battles, atrocities, martyrdoms and slaughters.’
    • ‘They are the words of the martyrs, martyrdom being the frequent fate of prophets.’
    • ‘In mentioning martyrdom of course, the question of religion comes up.’
    • ‘So the following years brought further opposition and persecution, and even martyrdom, to evangelical missionaries in Mexico.’
    • ‘His martyrdom is the first - and only one - among the Apostles to be recorded in Scripture.’
    • ‘An extraordinary letter was written by the prior of the monastery two years before his martyrdom.’
    • ‘As of this modern age these acts of martyrdoms are regarded as legends but they are based on historical facts and foundation.’
    • ‘The missionary Jesuit order developed a speciality in clinical depictions of torturous martyrdoms.’
    • ‘Most notable to European eyes at this time was their religious fanaticism and willingness to seek martyrdom through death in battle.’
    • ‘In each apostle portrait, each man holds the symbol of his martyrdom.’
    death, suffering, torture, torment, agony, persecution, ordeal, anguish
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    1. 1.1 A display of pretended or exaggerated suffering to obtain sympathy.
      ‘you know martyrdom isn't my style’
      • ‘Being neutral toward the mother/father (without a show of martyrdom) is better for the children that seeing you in conflict, surely.’
      • ‘How could I refuse such an impressive display of martyrdom?’
      • ‘Rolling his eyes, he moved to join Max in his excavations, sighing in exaggerated martyrdom.’
      • ‘They're self-righteous librarians drunk on the power of process and convinced of the virtue of martyrdom.’
      • ‘He does so with an air of martyrdom about him, the selfish man.’

Origin

Old English martyrdōm (see martyr, -dom).

Pronunciation

martyrdom

/ˈmɑːtədəm/