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Martyrdom Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    martyrdom n
  1. death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause
  2. any experience that causes intense suffering [syn: calvary]
Martyrdom Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Martyrdom \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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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Martyrdom'

A martyr (Greek: μάρτυς, mártys, "witness"; stem μάρτυρ-, mártyr-) is somebody who suffers persecution and death for refusing to renounce a belief or cause, often religious.

In its original meaning, the word martyr, meaning witness, was used in the secular sphere as well as in the New Testament of the Bible. The process of bearing witness was not intended to lead to the death of the witness, although it is known from ancient writers (e.g. Josephus) and from the New Testament that witnesses often died for their testimonies.

During the early Christian centuries, the term acquired the extended meaning of a believer who is called to witness for their religious belief, and on account of this witness, endures suffering and/or death. The term, in this later sense, entered the English language as a loanword. The death of a martyr or the value attributed to it is called martyrdom.

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* Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them - Jules Feiffer

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    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A seminary run by a fiery Muslim cleric has named a library after Osama bin Laden.Abdul Qadir, a spokesman for Maulana Abdul Aziz, confirmed that the all-girls madrassa in Pakistan's capital had recognized the slain al Qaeda leader "in honor of his martyrdom. Read more on this news related to 'Martyrdom'

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