from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The character second in importance to the protagonist in classical Greek drama.
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- n. A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Gr. drama, an actor who played the second part, after that of the protagonist.
“Bruno, two cat eyes, pointy teeth, and mouse-gray hair with two bare spots, as if from alopecia or impetigo.” deuteragonist The person second in importance to the protagonist in a drama.
“A deuteragonist in that little drama, I had a moment of doubt.”
The two absolutely essential things are, in the first place, a certain charm of mind and even manner, which is a purely instinctive gift; and, in the second place, real sympathy with, real interest in the deuteragonist.
The deuteragonist or secondary person can at times tell us more of them than circumstances at furious heat will help them to reveal; and the Dame will have him only as an index-post.
(deuteragonist) by Aeschylus, and a third (tritagonist) by Sophocles.