noun Etymology: Middle English prothomartir, from Middle French, from Late Latin protomartyr, from Late Greek prōtomartyr-, prōtomartys, from Greek prōt- + martyr-, martys martyr Date: 15th century the first martyr in a cause or region

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  • protomartyr — [prōt′ō märt′ər] n. [ME prothomartir < MFr < ML(Ec) protomartyr < LGr(Ec) prōtomartyr: see PROTO & MARTYR] the first martyr (in some cause) …   English World dictionary

  • Protomartyr — Pro to*mar tyr, n. [LL., fr. Gr. ?; ? first + ? martyr: cf. F. protomartyr. See {Proto }, and {Martyr}.] The first martyr; the first who suffers, or is sacrificed, in any cause; applied esp. to Stephen, the first Christian martyr. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • protomartyr — [pʀɔtomaʀtiʀ] n. m. ÉTYM. Déb. XIVe; lat. médiéval protomartyr, grec prôtomartur, de prôtos et martus, turos. → Martyr. ❖ ♦ Didact. Premier martyr (titre donné à saint Étienne) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Protomartyr — Protomartyr, erster Märtyrer; Beiname des St. Stephanus, s.d …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Protomartyr — (grch., »der erste Märtyrer«), s. Stephanus …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • PROTOMARTYR — epithetoninter viros S. Stephani; inter feminas S. Theclae, in Menologio Graeco. Eôdem titulô Abelem, Isaacuum ipsumque Christum, insigniri apud Patres, docet Cl. Suidas Thes. Eccl …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • protomartyr — /proh toh mahr teuhr/, n. 1. the first Christian martyr, Saint Stephen. 2. the first martyr in any cause. [1400 50; late ME prothomartyr < LL protomartyr < LGk protómartys. See PROTO , MARTYR] * * * …   Universalium

  • protomartyr — noun Any of the first Christian martyrs …   Wiktionary

  • protomartyr — (pro to mar tir) s. m. Nom qu on donne à saint Étienne, regardé comme le plus ancien des martyrs. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Du grec, premier, et, témoin, martyr …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • protomartyr — noun the first martyr for a cause, especially the first Christian martyr, St Stephen …   English new terms dictionary

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