Definition of martyrium
1 : a building or chamber used by the early Christians as a burial place
2 : a place where the relics of martyrs are preserved
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Origin and Etymology of martyrium
Late Latin, testimony, martyr's shrine, from Late Greek martyrion martyr's shrine, from Greek, testimony, from martyr-, martys witness
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