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Meaning of MARTYRDOM

Pronunciation:  'mârturdum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any experience that causes intense suffering
  2. [n]  death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause

MARTYRDOM is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: calvary
 See Also: affliction, death, decease



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mar"tyr*dom\, n. [Martyr + -dom.]
1. 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. --Bacon.

         I came from martyrdom unto this peace. --Longfellow.

2. Affliction; torment; torture. --Chaucer.

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