Definition of deuteragonist in English:

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deuteragonist

Pronunciation: /ˌd(y)o͞odəˈraɡənəst/

noun

The person second in importance to the protagonist in a drama.
Example sentences
  • The first actor was the protagonist, the second the deuteragonist, and the third the tritagonist.
  • It is a wonderfully told tale, with a well drawn main character and an unforgettable deuteragonist.
  • She learned at Cambridge that in Greek tragedy there was one protagonist, and one deuteragonist.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek deuteragōnistēs, from deuteros 'second' + agōnistēs 'actor'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: deu·ter·ag·o·nist

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