From Middle English martyrdome, martirdom, marterdom, from Old English martyrdōm (“martyrdom”), corresponding to martyr + -dom. Cognate with German Märtyrertum (“martyrdom”), Danish martyrdom (“martyrdom”), Swedish martyrdom (“martyrdom”), Norwegian martyrdom (“martyrdom”).
martyrdom (plural martyrdoms)
- 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.
- Extreme suffering, affliction; torment; torture, especially without reason.
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