martyrology definition

  • noun:
    • An official listing or catalog of religious martyrs, especially of Christian martyrs.
    • An account of the life and manner of death of a martyr.
    • The branch of ecclesiastical record or hagiography that deals with martyrs.
    • A catalogue or directory of martyrs (or, much more precisely, of saints), arranged in the region of their anniversaries.
    • The story of fatalities of a number of popular Rabbis (including Rabbi Akiva) by Romans, read both on Yom Kippur and Tisha b'Av.
    • A history or account of martyrs; a register of martyrs.
    • The history of the resides, sufferings, and death of Christian martyrs.
    • Pl. martyrologies (-jiz). A novel containing these types of record; specifically, within the Roman Catholic Church, an inventory or diary of martyrs, organized in accordance with the succession of the anniversaries, and including brief reports of their resides and sufferings.

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