tritagonist

tritagonist

[trih-tag-uh-nist]
noun
(in ancient Greece) the third member of an acting troupe, which always consisted of three actors. Compare protagonist ( def 4 ), deuteragonist.

Origin:
1885–90; < Greek tritagōnistḗs, equivalent to trit(ós) third + agōnistḗs actor, competitor, agent derivative of agōnízesthai to contend, struggle, compete for the acting prize

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