noun, plural mar·tyr·ol·o·gies.
  1. the branch of knowledge dealing with the lives of martyrs.
  2. a history of martyrs.
  3. such histories collectively.
  4. a list of martyrs.

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. 2018

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noun plural -gies
  1. an official list of martyrs
  2. Christianity the study of the lives of the martyrs
  3. 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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