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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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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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  • Accused Boston bomber spoke of martyrdom before attack -FBI
    By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told his friends about martyrdom and bomb-building over lunch before the attacks last year, an FBI agent testified on Friday in the trial of one of the friends for obstruction. He is charged with removing evidence from Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts Dartm Read more on this news related to 'Martyrdom'
  • FBI: Accused Boston bomber spoke of martyrdom before attack
    Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told his friends about martyrdom and bomb-building over lunch before the attacks last year, an FBI agent testified on Friday in the trial of one of the friends for obstruction. Read more on this news related to 'Martyrdom'
  • FBI agent: Tsarnaev spoke of martyrdom and bomb-making with friends
    During testimony in the case against Tsarnaev friend Azamat Tazhayakov, FBI agent Timothy Quinn said Tazhayakov related this from a conversation between the two UMass-Dartmouth students last year. Read more on this news related to 'Martyrdom'

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