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protagonist | protagonism

protagonist protagonism
the most important character in something
  • How to Memorize
    • protagonist - hero
  • Analysis

    A ‘protagonist’ is the central figure in something, particularly a story, film, or play. This formal word can also be used to describe a leading figure or main proponent of a cause, struggle, or idea. Such people are often, but not always, ascribed heroic qualities. It is more commonly used in written English than everyday conversation.

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    Synonymschampionsupporter, principal,
    Antonymsantagonistvillain, insignificant,
  • Example(s)
    1. The protagonist in the novel is a down-on-his-luck detective who is trying to solve a mysterious murder.

    2. The main protagonist in the current movement for educational reform is a local councillor who had been a teacher for 30 years.

    3. Jane often supported radical political groups and ideas, and generally faced a lot of criticism for her protagonism on their behalf.