martyrdom

Suffering or dying for your beliefs, that’s martyrdom, and while it doesn’t sound pleasant, some people feel it’s a great honor.

The root of martyrdom is the Greek word martur, which means “witness"; the suffix -dom means “state or condition.” In a religious context, people who experience martyrdom bear witness for their faith and suffer or die because of their beliefs. Some people falsely claim martyrdom as a way to get attention, like your brother who whines about doing chores because his pinkie hurts.

Definitions of martyrdom
1

n death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause

Type of:
death, decease, expiry
the event of dying or departure from life

n any experience that causes intense suffering

Synonyms:
calvary
Type of:
affliction
a cause of great suffering and distress

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