1. the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work.
2. a proponent for or advocate of a political cause, social program, etc.
3. the leader or principal person in a movement, cause, etc.
4. the first actor in ancient Greek drama, who played not only the main role, but also other roles when the main character was offstage. Compare deuteragonist, tritagonist.
5. Physiology, agonist.
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combatant, hero, idol, mainstay, exponent, champion, lead, warrior, advocate, exemplar, leader, principal, standard-bearer
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Origin: 1665–75; < Greek prōtagōnistḗs actor who plays the first part, literally, first combatant, equivalent to prôt(os) first + agōnistḗs one who contends for a prize, combatant, actor. See proto-, antagonist
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As the protagonist gets herself off in front of her impotent husband, she moans “Oh, Gronky.”
‘A GRONKING TO REMEMBER’ SPEED READ: 8 NAUGHTIEST BITS|EMILY SHIRE|JANUARY 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As a result, the exhibit falls short of showing Mary as real woman, as a protagonist in her own life story.
THE VIRGIN MARY LOOKBOOK|WILLIAM O’CONNOR|DECEMBER 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dave Eggers wrote What Is The What after conducting hundreds of hours of interviews with his protagonist.
THE BIRTH OF THE NOVEL|NICK ROMEO|NOVEMBER 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The protagonist is the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, born in 1893.
WONDER WOMAN’S CREATION STORY IS WILDER THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE|TOM ARNOLD-FORSTER|NOVEMBER 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The series began with protagonist, Neil Truman, an investment banker, discovering his wife having sex with a male escort.
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But it must be borne in mind that the woman here is the wife of the protagonist.
WOMAN TRIUMPHANT|VICENTE BLASCO IBAEZ
I became Man in her imagination, the protagonist of the world.
THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS|HERBERT GEORGE WELLS
The protagonist was Lison Frandin, an artist known and loved by all Italy.
MY RECOLLECTIONS|JULES MASSENET
He was the opposite in all respects of his protagonist, Mr. Gladstone.
THE NUTTALL ENCYCLOPAEDIA|EDITED BY REV. JAMES WOOD
Of Bothwell, the third protagonist in the tragedy of Three, we have no portrait, and but discrepant descriptions.
THE MYSTERY OF MARY STUART|ANDREW LANG