protomartyr

noun
pro·​to·​mar·​tyr | \ ˈprō-tō-ˌmär-tər How to pronounce protomartyr (audio) \

Definition of protomartyr

: the first martyr in a cause or region

First Known Use of protomartyr

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for protomartyr

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

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“Protomartyr.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protomartyr. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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