Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

  • noun an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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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").

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  • 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

  • Great word, trivet!

    September 10, 2007

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

    September 12, 2007

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

    September 12, 2007

  • I'm no wordinista - yoink away.

    September 12, 2007

  • Cf. epitome.

    September 7, 2009

  • Come back, all is forgiven.

    October 17, 2009

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

    February 22, 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."

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    October 11, 2010

  • I love this word.

    December 8, 2010