Part of speech: noun
Origin: Greek, mid-19th century
The person second in importance to the protagonist in a drama.
Examples of Deuteragonist in a sentence
"Tyler felt like he was a deuteragonist in his own life."
"The role of a deuteragonist can be just as important as the protagonist."
This word originates from the Greek “deuteragōnistēs,” which comes from “deuteros,” meaning “second” and “agōnistēs,” meaning actor.”
Did you Know?
A deuteragonist isn’t necessarily the same from one story to the next. A deuteragonist may be on the protagonist's side, like a sidekick or a love interest. Or they can be a villain, foil, or primary rival the protagonist must defeat. The deuteragonist can simply serve a neutral role, too.