Definition of martyrology in English:



  • 1The branch of history or literature that deals with the lives of martyrs.

    • ‘‘Ironically,’ notes Miller, ‘the sort of feminist reading which stressed Charlotte's victimhood unintentionally reproduced the martyrology of the Victorians.’’
    • ‘I would have expected more discussion on intellectuals as producers of ethnocentric symbols of exclusion, ethnic self-aggrandizement, self-pity, and exalted martyrology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A list or register of martyrs.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The martyrology is compiled in the form of a calendar with names to be read out each day by such communities as monasteries, convents and seminaries.’


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