Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A follower or disciple.
  • n. An undistinguished or inferior imitator of a well known artist or their style.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One born after; a successor or heir.
  • n. Same as epigonium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician

Etymologies

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)
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)

Examples

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  • Heh. Yeah. Total douche bag.

    September 18, 2011

  • that Vermishank. What an unctuous bastard.

    September 18, 2011

  • "In another twist to the myth, his Head of Department, the ageless and loathsome Vermishank, was not a plodding epigone but an exceptional bio-thaumaturge, who had nixed Isaac's research less because it was unorthodox than because it was going nowhere." From Perdido Street Station by China Meiville.

    September 18, 2011

  • I love this word.

    December 8, 2010

  • "the very obvious references to eero saarinen and S.O.M. may have secured jacobsen's name as a cool modernist at the time, but they also made him look like an epigone with a deft hand at furniture design, a view of jacobsen you can still meet, not least here in denmark."

    See this photo by seier + seier on Flickr.

    October 11, 2010

  • The "singer" Taylor Swift is a epigone of Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks...

    February 22, 2010

  • Come back, all is forgiven.

    October 17, 2009

  • Cf. epitome.

    September 7, 2009

  • I'm no wordinista - yoink away.

    September 12, 2007

  • If it did, you'd at least be elegantly named. :-)

    September 12, 2007

  • If I copy this word from you, does that make me one?

    September 12, 2007

  • Great word, trivet!

    September 10, 2007

  • A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.

    French épigone, from Greek Epigonoi, sons of the seven heroes against Thebes, from pl. of epigonos, born after.

    September 10, 2007