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protomartyr

[proh-toh-mahr-ter] /ˈproʊ toʊˌmɑr tər/
noun
1.
the first Christian martyr, Saint Stephen.
2.
the first martyr in any cause.
Origin of protomartyr
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English prothomartyr < Late Latin prōtomartyr < Late Greek prōtómartys. See proto-, martyr
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protomartyr

/ˌprəʊtəʊˈmɑːtə/
noun
1.
St Stephen as the first Christian martyr
2.
the first martyr to lay down his life in any cause
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