protomartyr

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noun pro·to·mar·tyr \ˈprō-tō-ˌmär-tər\

Definition of protomartyr

  1. :  the first martyr in a cause or region

Origin and Etymology of protomartyr

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


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