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  1. 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

1860–65; < Latin epigonus < Greek epígonos (one) born afterward, equivalent to epi- epi- + -gonos, akin to gígnesthai to be born
Related formsep·i·gon·ic [ep-i-gon-ik] /ˌɛp ɪˈgɒn ɪk/, adjectivee·pig·o·nism [ih-pig-uh-niz-uh m, e-pig-, ep-uh-goh-niz-im, -gon-iz-] /ɪˈpɪg əˌnɪz əm, ɛˈpɪg-, ˈɛp əˌgoʊ nɪz ɪm, -ˌgɒn ɪz-/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Little was left to do save to gloss the glosses, an epigonic labour which would not attract men of talent.

    The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)

    Henry Osborn Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for epigonic


epigon (ˈɛpɪˌɡɒn)

  1. rare an inferior follower or imitator
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Word Origin

C19: from Greek epigonos one born after, from epigignesthai; see epigene
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Word Origin and History for epigonic



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).

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