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tritagonist

[trih-tag-uh-nist] /trɪˈtæg ə nɪst/
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(in ancient Greece) the third member of an acting troupe, which always consisted of three actors.
Compare protagonist (def 4), deuteragonist.
Origin of tritagonist
1885-1890
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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