deuteragonist

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Etymology[edit]

Ancient Greek δευτεραγωνιστής (deuteragōnistḗs, literally second actor), originally in Greek drama, from ἀγωνιστής (agōnistḗs, a combatant, pleader, actor).

Surface analysis deuter- +‎ agonist (combatant, participant).

Noun[edit]

deuteragonist (plural deuteragonists)

  1. A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).

Usage notes[edit]

Much less commonly used in everyday speech than protagonist – while protagonist is a common term, deuteragonist is technical.

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