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deuteragonist

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

noun

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


deuteragonist

/ ˌdjuːtəˈræɡənɪst /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of deuteragonist1

From the Greek word deuteragōnistḗs, dating back to 1850–55. See deuter-, agonist

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Word History and Origins

Origin of deuteragonist1

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

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Example Sentences

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

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