Definition of martyrdom in English:

martyrdom

noun

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

    ‘the martyrdom of St Anthony’
    • ‘Obedience, suffering, and martyrdom are also the theme of Jesus' words in John 12.’
    • ‘A tragedian, Rubens loved to depict battles, atrocities, martyrdoms and slaughters.’
    • ‘The missionary Jesuit order developed a speciality in clinical depictions of torturous martyrdoms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘History is full of their bloody exploits, conquests, sacrifices and martyrdoms.’
    • ‘His martyrdom is the first - and only one - among the Apostles to be recorded in Scripture.’
    • ‘In mentioning martyrdom of course, the question of religion comes up.’
    • ‘Reports of martyrdoms steeled resistance to persecution and were the source of encouragement to persevere.’
    • ‘An extraordinary letter was written by the prior of the monastery two years before his martyrdom.’
    • ‘Christianity in the first three centuries was a religion of martyrdom.’
    • ‘In each apostle portrait, each man holds the symbol of his martyrdom.’
    • ‘Most notable to European eyes at this time was their religious fanaticism and willingness to seek martyrdom through death in battle.’
    • ‘They are the words of the martyrs, martyrdom being the frequent fate of prophets.’
    • ‘So the following years brought further opposition and persecution, and even martyrdom, to evangelical missionaries in Mexico.’
    • ‘What does the Bible tell us about the ministry, martyrdom, resurrection and ascension of the two witnesses?’
    • ‘His characters lived and understood themselves in a fallen world where martyrdom was often the cost of salvation.’
    • ‘The persecutions and martyrdoms seemed to have solidified the believers' faith.’
    • ‘As of this modern age these acts of martyrdoms are regarded as legends but they are based on historical facts and foundation.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘They're self-righteous librarians drunk on the power of process and convinced of the virtue of martyrdom.’
      • ‘Being neutral toward the mother/father (without a show of martyrdom) is better for the children that seeing you in conflict, surely.’
      • ‘Rolling his eyes, he moved to join Max in his excavations, sighing in exaggerated martyrdom.’
      • ‘How could I refuse such an impressive display 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/