protomartyr

protomartyr

[proh-toh-mahr-ter]
noun
1.
the first Christian martyr, Saint Stephen.
2.
the first martyr in any cause.

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

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protomartyr (ˌprəʊtəʊˈmɑːtə)
 
n
1.  St Stephen as the first Christian martyr
2.  the first martyr to lay down his life in any cause

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