deuteragonist

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noun deu·ter·ag·o·nist \ˌdü-tə-ˈra-gə-nist also ˌdyü-\

Definition of deuteragonist

  1. 1 :  the actor taking the part of second importance in a classical Greek drama

  2. 2 :  a person who serves as a foil to another

Origin and Etymology of deuteragonist

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


First Known Use: 1855


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