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  1. the first Christian martyr, Saint Stephen.
  2. the first martyr in any cause.
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Origin of protomartyr

1400–50; late Middle English prothomartyr < Late Latin prōtomartyr < Late Greek prōtómartys. See proto-, martyr
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Examples from the Web for protomartyr

Historical Examples

  • Go with Ellsworth, protomartyr of this great cause of freedom.

    Following the Flag

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • The misappropriation of the glories of the protomartyr is somewhat transparent.

  • Certainly a church dedicated to the Christian protomartyr was not the most appropriate place for drawing up such a decree!

  • The Protomartyr and the Precursor seem always inseparable throughout the faithful little city of the Cintola.

    The Story of Florence

    Edmund G. Gardner

  • The women reformers of our day should promote Margaret Brent to the position of their patron saint and protomartyr.

    Women of America

    John Rouse Larus

British Dictionary definitions for protomartyr


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