Examples of protagonist in a Sentence
- Badlands has two protagonists and Days of Heaven four (though both movies are rich in colorful minor roles). —Richard Alleva, Commonweal, 12 Mar. 1999
- The protagonists of Gordon's fiction are children who have been saddled with their parents' emotional bad debts. —Judith Thurman, New Yorker, 12 Mar. 1990
- The most adamant opposition to my argument is likely to come from protagonists of secular reason … —Glenn Finder, Atlantic, December 1989
She was a leading protagonist in the civil rights movement.
Milton Friedman is usually cited as the leading American protagonist of monetarism.
Recent Examples of protagonist from the Web
Most of the anger against the film appears to stem from rumors that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali shot a romantic dream sequence between the protagonists, which Bhansali has denied.
One case of mistaken identity later, and our Converse-wearing protagonist has become intimately connected with all the royal characters who populate the gingerbread castle.
As a result, there's something ever so slightly off in terms of theme, though Hemsworth still capably steers Thor: Ragnarok as its driving protagonist.
But the novel, and especially its elusive protagonist, made an impression.
Our protagonist is a cardiologist, Stephen Murphy, portrayed note perfectly by current Lanthimos muse Colin Farrell.
Vladimir Putin may have preferred Trump to Hillary Clinton as his American protagonist.
Its protagonist is decidedly against becoming either a martyr or murder victim.
But her exceptional female protagonists are revealing, too.
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Struggle, or conflict, is central to drama. The protagonist or hero of a play, novel, or film is involved in a struggle of some kind, either against someone or something else or even against his or her own emotions. So the hero is the "first struggler", which is the literal meaning of the Greek word prōtagōnistēs. A character who opposes the hero is the antagonist, from a Greek verb that means literally "to struggle against".
Synonymsadvocate, advocator, apostle, backer, booster, champion, expounder, espouser, friend, gospeler (or gospeller), herald, hierophant, high priest, paladin, promoter, proponent, exponent, supporter, true believer, tub-thumper, white knight
Antonymsadversary, antagonist, opponent
Related Wordsloyalist, partisan (also partizan), stalwart; adherent, cohort, disciple, follower; interpreter; applauder, cheerleader, encourager, fellow traveler
Near Antonymsenemy, foe, rival; belittler, critic, faultfinder
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