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
Donna, the wife of Kevin James's protagonist, was killed off in order to make room for Leah Remini's Vanessa to become a series regular, with Hayes confirming in May that she had been fired.
The dream involved mythological creatures and a protagonist who feels out of place, an average young man, later named Sam London, who is searching for what makes him special.
As with the protagonists who stop their heartbeats and hope to be revived before serious brain damage occurs, every minute will count.
Yet—David Sims says the actor shines as the perfectly bedraggled protagonist of The Meyerowitz Stories, Noah Baumbach’s new Netflix film.
She was considered for the part of Tiana, the protagonist of The Princess and the Frog—and the first Black Disney Princess—but lost the role to her Dreamgirls costar Anika Noni Rose after not wanting to audition.
But that list of protagonists -- even with some biblical heroes deeply flawed -- doesn't include Judas, the man who gave up Jesus for 30 pieces of silver and then hung himself.
Spieldenner adds little in the way of charm or sympathy, presenting his pugnacious carnie as less a seducer than a lout, and more in tune with the antisocial protagonist of Molnar’s play.
Asian singers don’t necessarily play Cio-Cio San, the Japanese protagonist of Madama Butterfly, just as black singers don't necessarily play Aida, the Egyptian princess of African descent.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'protagonist.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
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
PROTAGONIST Defined for English Language Learners
Learn More about protagonist
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up protagonist? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).