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noun as in suffering endured for sake of a cause

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Its potent mixture of militarism and martyrdom seemed to perfectly fit the fate of the Alamo, even if no one there is known to have used those words.

In Christian art, saints often hold an object associated with their martyrdom.

Over the years, the Wizards have offered the likes of Thomas Bryant, Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi against Embiid, matchups that played out more like martyrdom.

As Maud, Morfydd Clark performs a martyrdom that’s sullen, petty, and entirely self-absorbed.

From Vox

There was many a tense moment for George as Elizabeth moped about in tearful martyrdom while her mother and grandmother, the doughty old Queen Mary, fought her battle for her.

From Time

“This is a shahid [martyrdom] operation and we are going to fight until we die,” the man in the video said.

He told the news channel he awaits death with joy and that martyrdom is the greatest reward.

It is this kind of abstraction that leads to more mythology, more heroic narratives, more undertones of patriotic martyrdom.

So much for hungering for martyrdom and all those virgins waiting in paradise.

Potential recruits are told their main role in the Islamic revolution will be through matrimony and childbearing, not martyrdom.

He marched to meet it with the throbbing pulses of a soldier rushing to victory or a saint to martyrdom.

Socialism, like every other impassioned human effort, will flourish best under martyrdom.

But its voice was soon stifled, and its children were rewarded for their abnegation by punishment, martyrdom and death.

Why did Ricetto, Bruno and Servetus in the hour of martyrdom turn with loathing from that sacred emblem, the crucifix?

After receiving the honors of persecution, am I to expect the still greater one of martyrdom?


On this page you'll find 30 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to martyrdom, such as: persecution, affliction, agony, anguish, crucifixion, and devotion.

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