- an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor of an important writer, painter, etc.
Origin of epigone
- rare an inferior follower or imitator
Word Origin for epigone
also epigon, "undistinguished scions of mighty ancestors," (sometimes in Latin plural form epigoni), from Greek epigonoi, in classical use with reference to the sons of the Seven who warred against Thebes; plural of epigonos "born afterward" from epi (see epi-) + -gonos, from root of gignesthai "to be born" related to genos "race, birth, descent" (see genus).