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.
Origin of martyrology
1590–1600;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
< Medieval Latin martyrologium
history of martyrs < Late Greek martyrológion.
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Examples from the Web for martyrology
Historical Examples of martyrology
Monday 23d November, day of St Clement, pope and martyr, and others in the martyrology.
The first edition of the Roman martyrology appeared at Rome in 1583.
The most famous is that of Usuard (c. 875), on which the Roman martyrology was based.
Martyrology was the most popular literature in the early Church.
A martyrology, a calendar with a martyr for each day of the year.
British Dictionary definitions for martyrology
Derived Formsmartyrological (ˌmɑːtərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or martyrologic, adjectivemartyrologist, noun
- an official list of martyrs
- Christianity the study of the lives of the martyrs
- a historical account of the lives of martyrs
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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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