[ doo-tuh-rag-uh-nist, dyoo- ]
/ ˌdu təˈræg ə nɪst, ˌdyu- /


(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

  • 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

/ (ˌdjuːtəˈræɡənɪst) /


(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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