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



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Origin of martyrology

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

OTHER WORDS FROM martyrology

mar·tyr·o·log·i·cal [mahr-ter-uh-loj-i-kuhl], /ˌmɑr tər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, mar·tyr·o·log·ic, adjectivemar·tyr·ol·o·gist, noun

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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 forms of martyrology

martyrological (ˌmɑːtərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or martyrologic, adjectivemartyrologist, noun
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