(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)
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.
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".