mar·​tyr·​ol·​o·​gy ˌmär-tə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce martyrology (audio)
: a catalog of Roman Catholic martyrs and saints arranged by the dates of their feasts
: ecclesiastical history treating the lives and sufferings of martyrs

Examples of martyrology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That cunning has largely been dispensed with as the former president embraces the martyrology surrounding the January 6 rioters. Noah Rothman, National Review, 27 Mar. 2023 And most vitally, the idiom pioneered by Welch—a heady compound of business martyrology, anti-elite grievance, ethnonationalist traditionalism, and shape-shifting cultural paranoia—became the lingua franca of American conservatism in the post–Cold War era. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2021 The fate of this 19th century Romantic poet himself has become an exercise in Ukrainian martyrology. Sasha Dovzhyk, CNN, 11 May 2022 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, 9 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of martyrology was in 1599

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“Martyrology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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