Words I have looked up – deuteragonist

06 Mar

Even editors (especially editors, who need to know what they don’t know more than most people) need to look things up sometimes. It could be a spelling you can never remember or the way a word is hyphenated in x style guide. Sometimes you just come across a word you don’t know at all, and this happened to me while working on a literary article.

So, what is a deuteragonist in a plot or play?

We know what a protagonist is – the main, central character. And an antagonist is the one who is against them. But the deuteragonist is the second most important person in a narrative – second to the protagonist. This could be the antagonist, but is more likely to be a secondary character, a sidekick, a faithful friend.


Posted by on March 6, 2019 in Errors, Language use



3 responses to “Words I have looked up – deuteragonist

  1. Colline

    March 6, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Interesting. I had never heard the term before.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Don Massenzio

    March 7, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Learn an new word, deuteragonist, which, to my surprise, has nothing to do with Jeff Bridges and it’s not a book in the Bible. It’s on this post from the Libro Editing blog.



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