(Greek: struggle, a contest, to contend for a prize; also, to lead, set in motion, drive, conduct, guide, govern; to do, to act; by extension, pain)

preagonal, pre-agonal (adjective) (not comparable)
1. A reference to that which immediately precedes death: The colonel reconciled with his estranged son in the preagonal hours prior to the colonel's departure from life.
2. Descriptive of something which occurs or exists immediately before the agony of death: The family gathered around the dying patriarch's bed in the preagonal hours in advance of his demise.

Death "agony" is an old term for the period just before someone dies which was thought to be a time of extreme suffering.

protagonist (s) (noun), protagonists (pl)
1. The most important, or primary, character, either good or evil, in a novel, play, story, or other literary work: The protagonist must defend himself or herself against the opposition of an antagonist.
2. A leading personage in any contest; a prominent supporter or champion of any cause: The protagonist is not necessarily a "good person".

In ancient Greek drama, the protagonist was said to be the main character; however, in a modern work with more than one main character, there might be more than one protagonist.

4. Etymology: borrowed from Greek, proto-, "first in time, earliest" + agonistes, "actor, combatant".
A primary chaster in a play or drama.
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tritagonist (s) (noun), tritagonists (pl)
In ancient Greek drama, the third actor, whose part is usually that of the evil genius or as a promoter of the sufferings of the protagonist: In his lively readings of ancient Greek dramas, Dr. Cooper used a shrill voice when he represented the tritagonist talking.
Not opposed, not antagonistic.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "master, lead, leading, ruler, ruling, govern": -agogic; arch-; -crat; dom-; gov-; magist-; poten-; regi-; tyran-.