deu·​ter·​ag·​o·​nist ˌdü-tə-ˈra-gə-nist How to pronounce deuteragonist (audio)
 also  ˌdyü-
: the actor taking the part of second importance in a classical Greek drama
: a person who serves as a foil to another

Examples of deuteragonist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, nearly every single Resident Evil entry places a woman as either a protagonist, a deuteragonist, a crafty villain, or both in some instances. Brittany Vincent, Wired, 7 May 2021 The three-minute video features the new deuteragonist, Spartan Locke, who’s going to be filling in for the Master Chief as the resident gun-with-a-camera-attached for parts of the game, which releases October 27. Jake Muncy, WIRED, 1 Sep. 2015

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Word History


Greek deuteragōnistēs, from deuter- + agōnistēs combatant, actor — more at protagonist

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deuteragonist was in 1855

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“Deuteragonist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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