[ mahr-tuh-rol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌmɑr təˈrɒl ə dʒi /

noun, plural mar·tyr·ol·o·gies.

the branch of knowledge dealing with the lives of martyrs.
a history of martyrs.
such histories collectively.
a list of martyrs.

Nearby words

  1. martyrdom,
  2. martyred,
  3. martyrium,
  4. martyrize,
  5. martyrly,
  6. martyry,
  7. martí,
  8. martí, josé,
  9. martínez ruiz,
  10. martínez ruiz, josé

Origin of martyrology

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin martyrologium history of martyrs < Late Greek martyrológion. See martyr, -o-, -logy

Related formsmar·tyr·o·log·i·cal [mahr-ter-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌmɑr tər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, mar·tyr·o·log·ic, adjectivemar·tyr·ol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for martyrology


/ (ˌmɑːtəˈrɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

an official list of martyrs
Christianity the study of the lives of the martyrs
a historical account of the lives of martyrs
Derived Formsmartyrological (ˌmɑːtərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or martyrologic, adjectivemartyrologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for martyrology



1590s, a native formation from martyr (n.) + -ology, or else from Church Latin martyrologium, from Ecclesiastical Greek martyrologicon.

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