pro·​to·​mar·​tyr ˈprō-tō-ˌmär-tər How to pronounce protomartyr (audio)
: the first martyr in a cause or region

Word History


Middle English prothomartir, from Middle French, from Late Latin protomartyr, from Late Greek prōtomartyr-, prōtomartys, from Greek prōt- + martyr-, martys martyr

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of protomartyr was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Protomartyr.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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