- 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.
- Physiology. agonist.
Origin of protagonist
Related Words for protagonistcombatant, hero, idol, mainstay, exponent, champion, lead, warrior, advocate, exemplar, leader, principal, standard-bearer
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Contemporary Examples of protagonist
As the protagonist gets herself off in front of her impotent husband, she moans “Oh, Gronky.”‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
As a result, the exhibit falls short of showing Mary as real woman, as a protagonist in her own life story.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
December 7, 2014
Dave Eggers wrote What Is The What after conducting hundreds of hours of interviews with his protagonist.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
The protagonist is the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, born in 1893.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
The series began with protagonist, Neil Truman, an investment banker, discovering his wife having sex with a male escort.Is ‘Satisfaction’ a Love Story That’s Too Real About Sex and Marriage?
September 19, 2014
Historical Examples of protagonist
He is still the Great Erastian, the protagonist of laity against clergy.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
In the absence of Fox, Grey was the protagonist of Opposition.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
And contradiction demands a "for" and an "against," a protagonist and an antagonist.
There is no longer a protagonist in the great drama, for there is no longer an antagonist.
And he had been the protagonist of everything sensible, orthodox, and prudent!The Prodigal Father
J. Storer Clouston
- the principal character in a play, story, etc
- a supporter, esp when important or respected, of a cause, political party, etc
Word Origin for protagonist
1670s, "principal character in a story, drama, etc.," from Greek protagonistes "actor who plays the chief or first part," from protos "first" (see proto-) + agonistes "actor, competitor," from agon "contest" (see act (n.)). Meaning "leading person in any cause or contest" is from 1889. Mistaken sense of "advocate, supporter" (1935) is from misreading of Greek protos as Latin pro- "for."