Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The first martyr for a given cause or in a given place. Used especially of the first Christian martyr, Saint Stephen.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The first martyr; the first of any series of martyrs; the first who suffers or is sacrificed in any cause; specifically, Stephen, the earliest Christian martyr.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The first martyr; the first who suffers, or is sacrificed, in any cause; -- applied esp. to Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

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  • noun Any of the first Christian martyrs.

Etymologies

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proto- +‎ martyr

Examples

  • Στέφανος is known as the protomartyr of Christianity and venerated by the Roman Catholic,

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  • This revolutionary approach was announced by a woman painter, Anita Malfatti, “the protomartyr of modernism,” whose forward-looking paintings in her second exhibition, in 1917, were derided by Monteiro Lobato He claimed that she simply contributed her own “-ism” in her paintings where a horse and rider fall over: “I call this genre topple-ism”.

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  • Stephen, deacon and protomartyr, was stoned to death by the Sanhedrin because of a vision he testified to Acts 7:55-57:

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  • Stephen, deacon and protomartyr, was stoned to death by the Sanhedrin because of a vision he testified to Acts 7:55-57:

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  • Steven is the protomartyr for Christ, a deacon in the early Church, Saul St. Paul was there to witness the stoning.

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  • Steven is the protomartyr for Christ, a deacon in the early Church, Saul St. Paul was there to witness the stoning.

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  • Alban, protomartyr of Britain and patron of my parish church.

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  • Alban, protomartyr of Britain and patron of my parish church.

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  • Sub hac capella ad aliquos gradus monstratur locus eiusdem cænationis, videlicèt cærnaculí magni, et in eo vas, aquarum, in quo Christus lauabat pedes Apostolorum: iuxta quod vas a Gamaliele, et alijs viris timoratis primus sepultus fuit protomartyr Stephanus.

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  • Sub hac capella ad aliquos gradus monstratur locus eiusdem c鎛ationis, videlic鑤 c鎟nacul� magni, et in eo vas, aquarum, in quo Christus lauabat pedes Apostolorum: iuxta quod vas a Gamaliele, et alijs viris timoratis primus sepultus fuit protomartyr Stephanus.

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