Definition of martyrdom in English:


Line breaks: mar¦tyr|dom
Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːtədəm


[mass noun]
  • 1The death or suffering of a martyr: the martyrdom of St Anthony
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    • 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.
    death, suffering, torture, torment, agony, persecution, ordeal, anguish; killing, putting to death, martyrization, sacrifice, crucifixion, immolation, burning, burning at the stake; Portuguese auto-da-fé
    archaic passion
  • 1.1A display of pretended or exaggerated suffering to obtain sympathy: you know martyrdom isn’t my style
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    • 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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