protagonist

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From Ancient Greek πρωταγωνιστής ‎(prōtagōnistḗs, a chief actor), from πρῶτος ‎(prôtos, first) + ἀγωνιστής ‎(agōnistḗs, a combatant, pleader, actor).

Surface analysis prot- ‎(first) +‎ agonist ‎(combatant, participant).

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protagonist ‎(plural protagonists)

  1. The main character in any story, such as a literary work or drama.
  2. A leading person in a contest; a principal performer.
  3. An advocate or champion of a cause or course of action.

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