AskDefine | Define protomartyr

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Noun

  1. the first martyr

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Protomartyr (Koine Greek, πρότος prótos "first" + μάρτυρας mártyras "martyr") is a term for the first Christian martyr in a country. Alternatively, the phrase the Protomartyr (with no other qualification of country or region) can mean Saint Stephen, the first ever martyr of the Christian church overall.

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