One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shrine or church erected in honour of a martyr.
holy place, temple, church, chapel, tabernacle, altar, sanctuary, sanctumView synonyms
- ‘In Martyries and Monasteries ordinations are strictly forbidden.’
- ‘The Romanesque church dating from the 12th C. boasts a rose martyry as well as beautiful naive paintings.’
Middle English (denoting martyrdom): via medieval Latin from Greek marturion ‘martyrdom’.
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