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n. pl. mar·tyr·ol·o·gies
1. An official list or catalog of religious martyrs, especially of Christian martyrs.
2. An account of the life and manner of death of a martyr.
3. The branch of ecclesiastical history or hagiography that deals with martyrs.

mar′tyr·ol′o·gist n.
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n, pl -gies
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) an official list of martyrs
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the study of the lives of the martyrs
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a historical account of the lives of martyrs
martyrological, ˌmartyroˈlogic adj
ˌmartyrˈologist n
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(ˌmɑr təˈrɒl ə dʒi)

n., pl. -gies.
1. a history of martyrs.
2. a catalogue of martyrs and saints.
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin < Late Greek]
mar`tyr•ol′o•gist, n.
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