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Deuteragonist

[doo-də-RAH-gə-nəst]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, mid-19th century

1.

The person second in importance to the protagonist in a drama.

Examples of Deuteragonist in a sentence

"Tyler felt like he was a deuteragonist in his own life."

"The role of a deuteragonist can be just as important as the protagonist."

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About Deuteragonist

This word originates from the Greek “deuteragōnistēs,” which comes from “deuteros,” meaning “second” and “agōnistēs,” meaning actor.”

Did you Know?

A deuteragonist isn’t necessarily the same from one story to the next. A deuteragonist may be on the protagonist's side, like a sidekick or a love interest. Or they can be a villain, foil, or primary rival the protagonist must defeat. The deuteragonist can simply serve a neutral role, too.

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