Definitions for martyrdom
ˈmɑr tər dəmmar·tyr·dom
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death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause
any experience that causes intense suffering
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The death of a martyr; the honour of a martyr.
Etymology: from martyr.
If an infidel should pursue to death an heretick professing Christianity only for Christian profession sake, could we deny unto him the honour of martyrdom? Richard Hooker, b. v.
Now that he hath left no higher degree of earthly honour, he intends to crown their innocency with the glory of martyrdom. Francis Bacon.
Herod, whose unblest
Hand, O! what dares not jealous greatness? tore
A thousand sweet babes from their mother’s breast,
The blooms of martyrdom. Richard Crashaw.
What mists of providence are these,
So saints, by supernatural pow’r set free,
Are left at last in martyrdom to die. Dryden.
A martyr (Greek: μάρτυς, mártys, "witness", or μαρτυρία, marturia, stem μαρτυρ-, martyr-) is someone who suffers persecution and death for advocating, renouncing, or refusing to renounce or advocate, a religious belief or other cause as demanded by an external party. In the martyrdom narrative of the remembering community, this refusal to comply with the presented demands results in the punishment or execution of an individual by an oppressor. Accordingly, the status of the 'martyr' can be considered a posthumous title as a reward for those who are considered worthy of the concept of martyrdom by the living, regardless of any attempts by the deceased to control how they will be remembered in advance. Insofar, the martyr is a relational figure of a society's boundary work that is produced by collective memory. Originally applied only to those who suffered for their religious beliefs, the term has come to be used in connection with people killed for a political cause. Most martyrs are considered holy or are respected by their followers, becoming symbols of exceptional leadership and heroism in the face of difficult circumstances. Martyrs play significant roles in religions. Similarly, martyrs have had notable effects in secular life, including such figures as Socrates, among other political and cultural examples.
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
Etymology: [Martyr + -dom.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
The sweet apotheosis of the things we do not care to avoid.
The numerical value of martyrdom in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of martyrdom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?
A martyrdom attack using an explosives jacket hit a gathering of Afghan intelligence.
Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning.
For some not to be martyrs is martyrdom indeed.
Some tried to use it as an excuse to overshadow the martyrdom of our great commander Soleimani.
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