One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A martyr to whom particular veneration is given.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Alban Butler (1709–1773), Roman Catholic priest and hagiographer. From Byzantine Greek μεγαλόμαρτυρ-, μεγαλόμαρτυς from ancient Greek μεγαλο- + Hellenistic Greek μάρτυρ.
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