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Definition of "martyrology" [mar•tyr•ol•o•gy]

  • An official list or catalog of religious martyrs, especially of Christian martyrs. (noun)
  • An account of the life and manner of death of a martyr. (noun)
  • The branch of ecclesiastical history or hagiography that deals with martyrs. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "martyrology" in a sentence
  • "In the oldest known recension of the so-called martyrology of St. Jerome the name of St. Blasius does not appear; it is only in the later, enlarged catalogues that he is mentioned."
  • "Though scolding publishers for their "martyrology" and mismanagement, he spoke of how "aggregating Web sites and bloggers contribute little more than repetition, commentary and froth" and added: "The parasite is slowly killing the host.""
  • "'martyrology' and mass state liturgies that the LTTE has developed as a means of motivation, mobilization and legitimization of cause."