American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One born after; a successor or heir.
- n. Same as epigonium.
- n. A follower or disciple.
- n. An undistinguished or inferior imitator of a well known artist or their style.
- n. an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician
- From French épigones, from Latin epigonī, from Ancient Greek ἐπίγονοι (epigonoi), plural form of ἐπίγονος (epigonos, "born after"), from ἐπιγίγνομαι (epigignomai, "I come after"), from ἐπί (epi, "upon"), from γίγνομαι (gignomai, "I become"). (Wiktionary)
- French épigone, sing. of épigones, from Greek Epigonoi, sons of the seven heroes against Thebes, from pl. of epigonos, born after : epi-, epi- + gonos, child, seed; see genə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I'll bet you didn't know that, after reading Bérubé's latest post about thought,I now aspire to be referred to as an "epigone" of some yet-to-be-determined person.”
“He is no longer just the arch mannerist, the etiolated epigone of Michelangelo, perverse and stylised in equal measure.”
“In a curious irony of history, an epigone frequently becomes better known than his/her illustrious namesake and predecessor.”
“But then neither did Fichte and Schelling and Kant and Hegel and Schopenhauer and Nietzsche and Heidegger; but their differences are family feuds, and the same is true of their "Catholic" epigone.”
“The celebrated philosophical essays ( "The Myth of Sisyphus," The Rebel) are the work of an extraordinarily talented and literate epigone.”
“Carmela was trying to get her Linux booted Treo 700's calendaring app to work in a Epeus 'epigone way: "This means you can take hCalendar and hCard data from the web into Outlook, into MSN's Live calendar application, and connect other apps data into and out of the browser in a nice user-obvious way.”
“I wrote a long paper last fall which you can find here in which I make out Gore as an epigone of Heidegger.”
“And so the friend referred to in my previous post & other NYT epigones would say who am I (the NYT epigone) gonna believe, the NYT with all its resources or you (i.e., me)?”
“That sunnily amiable and almost indecently fertile epigone" as Thomas”
“His current epigone, of course, is Bill O'Reilly, who's baleful rather than abject — and whose surly vox-pop shtick is as much a performance as actor Ed O'Neill's was.”
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