Origin of deuteragonistClassical Greek deuterag?nist?s: see deutero- and agonize and -ist
An example of a deuteragonist is a superhero's leading lady.
Origin of deuteragonistGreek deuteragōnistēs second actor, an actor taking the secondary role (as opposed to the main role) deuteros second ; see deu-1 in Indo-European roots. agōnistēs actor ; see protagonist.
- A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
Much less commonly used in everyday speech than protagonist – while protagonist is a common term, deuteragonist is technical.
Ancient Greek δευτεραγωνιστής (deuteragonistes, literally “second actor”), originally in Greek drama, from ἀγωνιστής (agōnistēs, “a combatant, pleader, actor”).
Surface analysis deuter- + agonist (“combatant, participant”).