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proʊˈtæg ə nɪstpro·tag·o·nist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. supporter, protagonist, champion, admirer, booster, friendnoun

    a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

    "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"

  2. protagonist, agonistnoun

    the principal character in a work of fiction


  1. protagonistnoun

    The main character in a literary work or drama.

  2. protagonistnoun

    A leading person in a contest; a principal performer.

  3. protagonistnoun

    An advocate or champion of a cause or course of action.

  4. Etymology: From πρωταγωνιστής, from πρῶτος + ἀγωνιστής


  1. Protagonist

    A protagonist (from Ancient Greek πρωταγωνιστής (prōtagōnistḗs) 'one who plays the first part, chief actor') is the main character of a story. The protagonist makes key decisions that affect the plot, primarily influencing the story and propelling it forward, and is often the character who faces the most significant obstacles. If a story contains a subplot, or is a narrative made up of several stories, then each subplot may have its own protagonist.The protagonist is the character whose fate is most closely followed by the reader or audience, and who is opposed by the antagonist. The antagonist provides obstacles and complications and creates conflicts that test the protagonist, revealing the strengths and weaknesses of the protagonist's character, and having the protagonist develop as a result.


  1. protagonist

    A protagonist is the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text. This character is usually the one who the audience emotionally connects with or invests in, as they often face challenging situations or struggle against other characters such as an antagonist. The protagonist typically undergoes significant personal growth or transformation throughout the story.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Protagonistnoun

    one who takes the leading part in a drama; hence, one who takes lead in some great scene, enterprise, conflict, or the like

  2. Etymology: [Gr. prwtagonisth`s; prw^tos first + 'agonisth`s an actor, combatant, fr. 'agw`n a contest.]


  1. Protagonist

    A protagonist is the main character of a literary, theatrical, cinematic, or musical narrative, who ends up in conflict because of the antagonist. The audience is intended to most identify with the protagonist. In the theatre of Ancient Greece, three actors played all of the main dramatic roles in a tragedy; the leading role was played by the protagonist, while the other roles were played by deuteragonist and the tritagonist. The terms protagonist and main character are variously explained and, depending on the source, may denote different concepts. In fiction, the story of the protagonist can be told from the perspective of a different character. An example would be a narrator who relates the fate of several protagonists, perhaps as prominent figures recalled in a biographical perspective.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Protagonist

    prō-tag′on-ist, n. a leading character, esp. in a play.—n. Prō′tagon, a nitrogenous substance obtained from the brain and other tissues. [Gr. prōtos, first, agōnistēs, a combatant.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PROTAGONIST in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PROTAGONIST in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of PROTAGONIST in a Sentence

  1. Aldo Rebelo:

    The armed forces have no interest in being a protagonist in domestic politics, the solution to the political problem lies within political institutions.

  2. Claudio Castro:

    Young and talented, Marília was the protagonist of a new chapter of Brazilian country music and inspiration for several singers in the segment. The country is shocked and mourns this loss that came too early.

  3. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi:

    If being a protagonist means playing at running after other people's bombardments, then I say 'no thank you'.

  4. Chiao Chun:

    This time, Mainland China announced these economic sanctions against the backdrop of large-scale military drills, if you think of the military drills as the main protagonist, there must be other supporting roles. Hence the Commerce Ministry also enacted economic sanctions to support( China's) intimidation.

  5. Sarah Coyne:

    Princess culture gives women key storylines where they’re the protagonist. They’re following their dreams, helping those around them, and becoming individuals who aren’t prescribed a role because of their gender.

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