noun as in protagonist
He is the central figure in a video that is on one level more disturbing than the ones showing the beheadings.
Petraeus, himself a Sosh alum, became the central figure for a mix of reasons.
Sollecito, now 28, was a central figure in the case, but the story was never about him.
She felt almost pompous with the sense of playing her part in a great event, fancied herself, perhaps, its central figure.
She is not, however, the central figure of the story, that place being taken by the “two little knights.”
One of these approached rapidly, and saluted the central figure of those who had been talking together in the track.
Vividly told, with a beautiful Octoroon as the central figure.
Death or absence had swallowed them; only she, the central figure, remained.
From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.