Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The history of the lives, sufferings, and death of Christian martyrs.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

martyr +‎ -ology or from Latin martyrologium.

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."

    Jane Hamsher: Online News is Not Arianna Huffington's Dastardly Plot to Destroy the Newspaper Industry And Other Reality-Based Observations

  • 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."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • 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."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • 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."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • '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

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