martyrology

noun
mar·​tyr·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌmär-tə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce martyrology (audio) \

Definition of martyrology

1 : a catalog of Roman Catholic martyrs and saints arranged by the dates of their feasts
2 : ecclesiastical history treating the lives and sufferings of martyrs

Examples of martyrology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If anything, this martyrology feels more Christian than Jewish, which might explain why the Books of the Maccabees are canonical in the Catholic faith but not the Jewish one (though there are many theories on this question). David Harsanyi, National Review, "The True Meaning of Hanukkah," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of martyrology

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Martyrology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/martyrology. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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