The definition of martyrdom is the state of suffering, or giving one's life for a cause.
An example of a person who experienced martyrdom was Joan of Arc.
- the state of being a martyr
- the death or sufferings of a martyr
- severe, long-continued suffering; torment
Origin of martyrdomMiddle English martirdom from Old English martyrdom: see martyr and -dom
- a. The state of being a martyr.b. The suffering of death by a martyr.
- Extreme suffering of any kind.
martyr +"Ž -dom