designating a person engaged in a struggle: used after the word modified
Origin of agonistesClassical Greek ag?nist?s from ag?nizesthai, to contend from ag?n, agon
- A person engaged in a struggle.
- usually found as an epithet, as in the most famous usage, Samson Agonistes by John Milton, to which the use of "agonistes" is often an allusion
Ancient Greek ἀγωνιστής (agōnistēs, “a contestant in the public games”), from ἀγών (agón, “contest, struggle”).