protomartyr

[proh-toh-mahr-ter]

Origin of protomartyr

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

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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