Definition of martyrdom in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmärdərdəm/


1The death or suffering of a martyr.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The missionary Jesuit order developed a speciality in clinical depictions of torturous martyrdoms.
1.1A display of feigned or exaggerated suffering to obtain sympathy or admiration.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • How could I refuse such an impressive display of martyrdom?


Old English martyrdōm (see martyr, -dom).

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Syllabification: mar·tyr·dom

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