Martyria (mar-tir’-i-a): Confirming something by referring to one’s own experience.

I have been lied to. I have been cheated. I have been slandered. I have felt the gap between what is and what isn’t narrow into nothingness and throw me into an abyss that took years to claw my way out of: first with alcohol; then with opioids, and finally, with lithium and a caring therapist. Please understand: I have zero tolerance for liars. Zero. That’s it.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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