[ proh-tag-uh-nist ]
/ proʊˈtæg ə nɪst /
the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work.
a proponent for or advocate of a political cause, social program, etc.
the leader or principal person in a movement, cause, etc.
the first actor in ancient Greek drama, who played not only the main role, but also other roles when the main character was offstage.Compare deuteragonist, tritagonist.
Origin of protagonist
Related formspro·tag·o·nism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for protagonism
/ (prəʊˈtæɡənɪst) /
the principal character in a play, story, etc
a supporter, esp when important or respected, of a cause, political party, etc
Derived Formsprotagonism, noun
Word Origin for protagonist
C17: from Greek prōtagōnistēs, from prōtos first + agōnistēs actor
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Culture definitions for protagonism
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