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PROTAGONIST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does protagonist mean? 

PROTAGONIST (noun)
  The noun PROTAGONIST has 2 senses:

1. a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
2. the principal character in a work of fiction

  Familiarity information: PROTAGONIST used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROTAGONIST (noun)


Sense 1protagonist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who backs a politician or a team etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

admirer; booster; protagonist; supporter; champion; friend

Context examples:

all their supporters came out for the game / they are friends of the library

Hypernyms ("protagonist" is a kind of...):

advocate; advocator; exponent; proponent (a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "protagonist"):

Graecophile; philhellene; philhellenist (an admirer of Greece and everything Greek)

mainstay; pillar (a prominent supporter)

Roundhead (a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War)

seconder (someone who endorses a motion or petition as a necessary preliminary to a discussion or vote)

Shavian (an admirer of G. B. Shaw or his works)

endorser; indorser; ratifier; subscriber (someone who expresses strong approval)

sympathiser; sympathizer; well-wisher (someone who shares your feelings or opinions and hopes that you will be successful)

toaster; wassailer (someone who proposes a toast; someone who drinks to the health of success of someone or some venture)

maintainer; sustainer; upholder (someone who upholds or maintains)

verifier; voucher (someone who vouches for another or for the correctness of a statement)

New Dealer (a supporter of the economic policies in the United States known as the New Deal)

loyalist; stalwart (a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt))

anglophil; anglophile (an admirer of England and things English)

believer; truster (a supporter who accepts something as true)

Boswell (a devoted admirer and recorder of another's words and deeds)

cheerleader (an enthusiastic and vocal supporter)

Confederate (a supporter of the Confederate States of America)

enthusiast; partisan; partizan (an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity)

Francophil; Francophile (an admirer of France and everything French)

free trader (an advocate of unrestricted international trade)

functionalist (an adherent of functionalism)

Jacobite (a supporter of James II after he was overthrown or a supporter of the Stuarts)

Whig (a supporter of the American Revolution)


Sense 2protagonist [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The principal character in a work of fiction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

agonist; protagonist

Instance hypernyms:

character; fictional character; fictitious character (an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "protagonist"):

antihero (a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine))


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