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 (do͞o′tə-răg′ə-nĭst, dyo͞o-)
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- in Indo-European roots + agōnistēs, actor; see protagonist.]
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(Theatre) (in ancient Greek drama) the character next in importance to the protagonist, esp the antagonist
[C19: from Greek deuteragōnistēs, from deutero- + agōnistēs contestant, actor]
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(ˌdu təˈræg ə nɪst, ˌdyu-)

(in ancient Greek drama) the actor next in importance to the protagonist.
[1850–55; < Greek deuteragōnistḗs. See deuter-, agonist]
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Greek Drama, the role that is second in importance to that of the protagonist, or main character.
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The series exposes the locals' traditions, which affects all its residents, including Malika, the female deuteragonist, played by the fresh-faced Rakeen Saad.
In other letters of this period, Foscolo signs himself more frequently as Lorenzo Alderani, the name of the deuteragonist of the Ortis.
notice that in these works Ballard does not need a strong deuteragonist
Neil Thomas does away with two prejudices about Diu Crone: firstly, that it falls into two discrete parts, an 'abduction of Guinevere' story (down to line 13,901) and a story of how Gawein, after a series of adventures closely based on the Gawan books of Wolfram's Parzival, achieves the Grail (thereafter to the end); secondly, that this second part is a more or less arbitrary attempt to make Gawein, the deuteragonist of Wolfram's poem, into the hero of a romance devoted solely to him--which implies that Diu Crone is simply a second-rate calque on Wolfram.
He writes "Consolo's ideological discourse is, in fact, enunciated, on another plane, that of narrative structure (the relationship between documents and authorial text; the relationship between protagonist--whose profession of faith in the sixth chapter [of Il sorriso] coincides with that of Consolo himself--and the deuteragonist).
Athenian actor-turned-orator Aeschines, who is known to have played Oenomaus in Euripides' Oenomaus, we can infer that Theodorus played the deuteragonist's role of Hippodameia in the Oenomaus.
He maintains that the three actors formed a hierarchy, with the Protagonist playing the most important parts, the Deuteragonist the next most important, and the Tritagonist the less important, and that a character who speaks much in one scene and little in another scene (such as Pheidippides in Clouds) will accordingly have been played by different actors in the different scenes.
This is the same terminology used for the Noh characters: the protagonist is called shire and the deuteragonist is called waki.
a feminine hemiepes ([Greek Text Omitted]), where the first word is the name of Eros' deuteragonist: 'XY [Greek Text Omitted]': the instances we know in addition to Bion 9 and An.