[ ep-i-gohn ]
/ ˈɛp ɪˌgoʊn /
an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor of an important writer, painter, etc.
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Also ep·i·gon [ep-i-gon]. /ˈɛp ɪˌgɒn/.
Origin of epigone
First recorded in 1860–65; from Latin epigonus, from Greek epígonos “(one) born afterward,” equivalent to epi- + -gonos, akin to gígnesthai “to be born, become”; see epi-
OTHER WORDS FROM epigoneep·i·gon·ic [ep-i-gon-ik], /ˌɛp ɪˈgɒn ɪk/, adjectivee·pig·o·nism [ih-pig-uh-niz-uhm, e-pig-, ep-uh-goh-niz-im, -gon-iz-], /ɪˈpɪg əˌnɪz əm, ɛˈpɪg-, ˈɛp əˌgoʊ nɪz ɪm, -ˌgɒn ɪz-/, noun
Words nearby epigone
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British Dictionary definitions for epigone
/ (ˈɛpɪˌɡəʊn) /
rare an inferior follower or imitator
Word Origin for epigone
C19: from Greek epigonos one born after, from epigignesthai; see epigene
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