martyrdom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɑː(ɹ).tə(ɹ).dəm/
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Noun[edit]

martyrdom (countable and uncountable, plural martyrdoms)

  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.
    • 1681, George Hickes, “A Sermon Preached before the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of London”:
      The like clamour, and outcry, the Rabble of the unbelieving Jews and Gentiles made againſt Polycarp Biſhop of Smyrna, at the time of his Martyrdom. crying out againſt him to the Governour, that he ſhould caſt him to the Lyons, and when he anſwered them he could not, becauſe the Spectacular ſports were concluded, then they cry’d out, Burn him, burn him, juſt as the Jews cryed out againſt Chriſt to Pilate, Crucify him, crucify him.
  2. Extreme suffering, affliction; torment; torture, especially without reason.

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From martyr +‎ -dōm.

Noun[edit]

martyrdōm m

  1. martyrdom

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References[edit]

  • martyrdōm in Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller (1898) An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary