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martyrology

Syllabification: mar·tyr·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌmärdəˈräləjē
 
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Definition of martyrology in English:

noun (plural martyrologies)

1The branch of history or literature that deals with the lives of martyrs.
Example sentences
  • With the way cleared for a sympathetic reading of the phenomenon of martyrology, Gregory next explores the historical context and theological landscape that shaped the complex of martyrs.
  • This is an indication of how nineteenth-century nationalist martyrology diffused throughout Ireland and was integrated into local tradition.
  • That would have been sufficient to ensure for him at least a significant status in nationalist martyrology, but hardly the ‘godlike’ status of legend.
1.1A list or register of martyrs.
Example sentences
  • As we have already seen, the chronicle is quite explicit that his death occurred on the third feria, the feast of Saint John, December 27, a date supported by the entry in the martyrology.
  • A martyrology recently discovered in Turin was also composed in the second half of the 12th cent. and shows signs of having been composed in the midlands.
  • Exemplary as this Irish martyr may be, the priest is unable to identify him because he does not feature in the standard martyrology of Irish nationalism.

Origin

late 16th century: via medieval Latin from ecclesiastical Greek marturologion, from martur 'martyr' + logos 'account'.

Derivatives

martyrological

1
Pronunciation: /-rəˈläjikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Their disagreements proved central to the formation of the three principal mutually exclusive martyrological traditions.
  • Their theology conditioned them to accept the high level of martyrdom this group endured; the victims were considered the leading edge of a community defined by its collective martyrological sensibility.
  • In the ‘Nativitie of Christ’ the mysteries of the Incarnation lead into a polemical defense of the doctrine of transubstantiation, which in turn transforms into a martyrological call to accept the host - and to imitate Christ.

martyrologist

2
noun
Example sentences
  • To John Foxe, the martyrologist, he was a hero; Bishop Jewel quoted Erasmus, all of whose works he was said to have read at Oxford; and Thomas Cooper regarded him as a singular instrument to begin the Reformation.
  • The martyrologist, was born at Boston, Lincolnshire, and was educated at Oxford, where he became a fellow of Magdalen College but resigned his fellowship in 1545, being unwilling to conform to the statutes in religious matters.
  • In Edward VI's reign, he was tutored by John Foxe, the Protestant martyrologist, but at Mary's accession a catholic bishop took over.

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