[doo-tuh-rag-uh-nist, dyoo-]


(in ancient Greece) the actor next in importance to the protagonist.

Origin of deuteragonist

From the Greek word deuteragōnistḗs, dating back to 1850–55. See deuter-, agonist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deuteragonist

Historical Examples of deuteragonist

  • The balance of the story is preserved by a sort of deuteragonist called the waki, who may also have his tsure.

    Plays of Old Japan

    Marie C. Stopes

British Dictionary definitions for deuteragonist



(in ancient Greek drama) the character next in importance to the protagonist, esp the antagonist

Word Origin for deuteragonist

C19: from Greek deuteragōnistēs, from deutero- + agōnistēs contestant, actor
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