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Topic: LITERATURE

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Greek
Origin: protagonistes, from agonistes 'competitor, actor'

protagonist

noun
     
pro‧tag‧o‧nist [countable] formal
1AL the most important character in a play, film, or story [= main character]
2 one of the most important people taking part in a competition, battle, or struggle:
the main protagonists in the conflict
3 one of the most important supporters of a social or political idea
protagonist of
a protagonist of educational reform
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