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  1. (in ancient Greece) the third member of an acting troupe, which always consisted of three actors.Compare protagonist(def 4), deuteragonist.

Origin of tritagonist

1885–90; < Greek tritagōnistḗs, equivalent to trit(ós) third + agōnistḗs actor, competitor, agent derivative of agōnízesthai to contend, struggle, compete for the acting prize
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  • Tritagonist, tri-tag′on-ist, n. the third actor in the Greek drama.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


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