Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A catalogue or list of martyrs (or, more precisely, of saints), arranged in the order of their anniversaries.
  • n. The story of the deaths of several famous Rabbis (including Rabbi Akiva) by Romans, read both on Yom Kippur and Tisha b'Av.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A history or account of martyrs; a register of martyrs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The history of the lives, sufferings, and death of Christian martyrs.
  • n. Pl. martyrologies (-jiz). A book containing such history; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, a list or calendar of martyrs, arranged according to the succession of their anniversaries, and including brief accounts of their lives and sufferings.

Etymologies

martyr +‎ -ology or from Latin martyrologium. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • 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."

    Firedoglake

  • 'martyrology' and mass state liturgies that the LTTE has developed as a means of motivation, mobilization and legitimization of cause.

    groundviews

  • The fact that they died in the fog at a poorly equipped Russian airport, on their way to a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre of Polish officers by Stalin's thugs, has fed old-style patriotic-religious martyrology.

    Poland: a country getting to grips with being normal at last

  • In the case of Hypatia, in addition, her death occurred at a time and in circumstances that led her to be written about within a tradition of martyrology and religious conflict, and so the biographical information relating to her is perhaps even more prone to invention and elaboration than would otherwise be the case.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • While 2 Maccabees is a lengthy and detailed report of the Seleucid persecution of Jerusalem and Judea, its martyrology is less than two chapters.

    Martyred mother with seven sons (4MACC): Apocrypha.

  • The martyrology, set in Judea and Jerusalem, that stretches from 2 Macc 6: 37 – 38; 8: 3 – 5, beginning with the deaths of the circumcising mothers and climaxing with the martyrdom of the mother and her seven sons, now comes to an end.

    Martyred Mother with seven sons (2MACC): Apocrypha.

  • The martyrology of a large number of New Christian women, including Branca Dias (c. 1515 – c. 1588), whose descendants were also victims of the Inquisition, serves as testimony to their role in the maintenance of Judaism.

    Brazil, Contemporary.

  • The martyrology in 2 Macc 6: 7 – 7: 42 (the first of its kind in the Bible) lists stories of those who choose death over apostasy.

    Martyred Mother with seven sons (2MACC): Apocrypha.

  • The most intriguing questions raised by Clark's article concerned the way in which language becomes fragments in the fifth book of the martyrology, and how these pieces become monstrous, in a sense, because of the indeterminacy of the subject's status vis a vis the inherent threat of language in the poem.

    File this under: Coincidence?...

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