What does the word martyrdom mean?

Usage examples for martyrdom

  1. Perhaps to martyrdom, perhaps to glory. – The Short Life by Francis Donovan
  2. There is a living martyrdom as painful and as bitter as death, and Monica was called to taste it. – Life of Saint Monica by F. A. (Frances Alice) Forbes
  3. The teaching and martyrdom of Jesus had thus served to bring out a deep and real antithesis. – The Making of the New Testament by Benjamin W. Bacon