deu·ter·ag·o·nist (d′tə-răgə-nĭst, dy-)
The character second in importance to the protagonist in classical Greek drama. See Usage Note at protagonist.
[Greek deuteragōnistēs, second actor, an actor taking the secondary role (as opposed to the main role) : deuteros, second; see deu-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + agōnistēs, actor; see PROTAGONIST.]
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