Definition of epigone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪɡəʊn/

noun (plural epigones or epigoni /ɪˈpɪɡənʌɪ/ /ɛˈpɪɡənʌɪ/)

A less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher: the humdrum compositions of some of Beethoven’s epigones
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  • I would be an epigone and no artist if I only used the experiences of others without developing them any further.
  • For instance, the Feds' epigones at State level try to follow it with often disastrous consequences.
  • Not only does this process have much capital behind it - fed by the deep-pocket venture capital organizations of Silicon Valley an hour to the south - but it has its epigones in the press.


Mid 18th century: plurals from French épigones and Latin epigoni, from Greek epigonoi 'those born afterwards' (based on gignesthai 'be born').

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