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martyrdom (n.)

"torture and execution for the sake of one's faith," Old English martyrdom; see martyr (n.) + -dom. As "a state of suffering for the maintaining of any obnoxious cause," late 14c.

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Definitions of martyrdom from WordNet

martyrdom (n.)
death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause;
martyrdom (n.)
any experience that causes intense suffering;
Synonyms: calvary
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