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martyrdom

noun

  1. (death)  death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause
    Type of: death
  2. (affliction)  any experience that causes intense suffering
    Synonyms: calvary. Type of: affliction

Etymology summary

Middle English martirdom from Old English martyrdom: see "martyr" and "-dom"
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Martyr
(Died: The opponents kill the hero because of his or her commitment to the cause.)

somebody who suffers persecution and death for advocating, refusing to renounce, and/or refusing to advocate a belief or cause, usually a religious one. In its original meaning, the word martyr, meaning witness, was used in the secular sphere as well... (40 of 2661 words, 3 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

martyrdom

the sufferings or death of a martyr | great suffering or torment (11 of 382 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/martyrdom

Oxford Dictionary:

martyrdom

the death or suffering of a martyr | a display of pretended or exaggerated suffering to obtain sympathy (17 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/martyrdom

Merriam-Webster:

martyrdom | affliction [synonym, sense-specific] | torture [synonym, sense-specific]

the suffering of death on account of adherence to a cause and especially to one's religious faith | "affliction", "torture" (19 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/martyrdom

Wiktionary:

martyrdom | martyrdoms [plural] | Affliction [synonym, sense-specific] | torture [synonym, sense-specific] | torment [synonym, sense-specific]

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. | Affliction; torment; torture. (29 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/martyrdom

Macmillan British Dictionary:

martyrdom [uncountable]

a martyr's pain or death (5 of 29 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/martyrdom

New World Dictionary:

martyrdom

the state of being a martyr | the death or sufferings of a martyr | severe, long-continued suffering; torment (17 of 29 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/martyrdom

American Heritage Dictionary:

martyrdom

The state of being a martyr. | The suffering of death by a martyr. | Extreme suffering of any kind. (18 of 21 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/martyrdom

Random House Dictionary:

martyrdom

the condition, sufferings, or death of a martyr. | extreme suffering; torment. (11 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/martyrdom

Cambridge Dictionary:

martyrdom

when someone suffers or is killed for their beliefs (9 of 15 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/martyrdom

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

martyrdom

Origin: Middle English martirdom from Old English martyrdom: see "martyr" and "-dom"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/martyrdom

Oxford Dictionary:

martyrdom

Origin: Old English martyrdōm (see "martyr", "-dom")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/martyrdom

Online Etymology:

martyrdom

Origin: Old English martyrdom; see "martyr" + -dom.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=martyrdom

Wiktionary:

martyrdom | martyrdoms [plural]

Origin: martyr + -dom

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/martyrdom

martyr | martyrs [plural] | martyred [past tense] | martyring [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English, itself from Ecclesiastical Latin martyr, from Ancient Greek μάρτυρ (martyr), later form of μάρτυς (martus, "witness").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/martyr

-dom

Origin: Middle English -dom, from Old English -dōm ("-dom: state, condition, power, dominion, authority, property, right, office, quality", suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-dōmaz ("-dom"). Cognate with Scots -dom ("-dom"), West... (28 of 83 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-dom

Audio references

Wiktionary:

martyrdom | martyrdoms [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "martyrdom"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/martyrdom

Collins Dictionary:

martyrdom

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "martyrdom"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/martyrdom

Macmillan British Dictionary:

martyrdom [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "martyrdom"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/martyrdom

Macmillan American Dictionary:

martyrdom [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "martyrdom"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/martyrdom

Cambridge Dictionary:

martyrdom

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "martyrdom"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "martyrdom"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/martyrdom

the Free Dictionary:

martyrdom

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "martyrdom"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "martyrdom"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "martyrdom" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

martyrdom | martyrdoms [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "martyrdom"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

martyrdom

Audio: North American pronunciation of "martyrdom"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=martyr​04 word=martyrdom

YourDictionary Audio:

martyrdom

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "martyrdom" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/martyrdom

freedictionary.org:

martyrdom

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "martyrdom" by speech synthesizer

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