- the first Christian martyr, Saint Stephen.
- the first martyr in any cause.
Origin of protomartyr
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Examples from the Web for protomartyr
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 Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
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
- St Stephen as the first Christian martyr
- the first martyr to lay down his life in any cause
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