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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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  • ‘Til martyrdom do us part’
    SHE moved to Syria, devoted her life to IS, and married a terrorist in the thrall of martyrdom. This is the disturbing story of a jihadi bride, as told to the world on social media. Read more on this news related to 'Martyrdom'
  • Almanac: Oscar Wilde on martyrdom
    “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” Oscar Wilde, “The Portrait of Mr. W.H.” Terry Teachout, who writes this blog, is the drama critic of The Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of Commentary. Read more on this news related to 'Martyrdom'
  • A look into heart of jihadist 'caliphate' in Syria, Iraq
    New York (AFP) - "What do you want to be? A jihadist, or to execute a martyrdom operation?" In the "caliphate" recently proclaimed by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, even young children are indoctrinated, and Sharia law is backed by the gun, according to a gripping documentary offering one of the first glimpses of life in Raqqa, power base of the Read more on this news related to 'Martyrdom'

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