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[mahr-tir-ee-uh m]
noun, plural mar·tyr·i·a [mahr-tir-ee-uh] /mɑrˈtɪr i ə/.
  1. a place where the relics of a martyr are kept.
  2. a church built above the tomb of a martyr or in honor of a martyr.
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Origin of martyrium

From Late Latin, dating back to 1705–15; see origin at martyry
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Two great piers were inserted in the martyrium to support the raised choir.

    The Story of Chartres

    Cecil Headlam

  • The Martyrium gives the examination of the accused by Rusticus.

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

  • Another 896 legend, his Martyrium, makes him labour and suffer in Mysore.

  • To support the vaulting of this ambulatory a new wall was built round the martyrium.

  • This was intended to make the martyrium, as the depository of the treasure and the Veil, safe from all accidents.