Share this entry
epigone Line breaks: epi|gone
Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪɡəʊn/

Definition of epigone in English:

noun (plural epigones or epigoni ɪˈpɪɡənʌɪɛˈpɪɡənʌɪ)

A less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher: the humdrum compositions of some of Beethoven’s epigones
More example sentences
  • 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').

Definition of epigone in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources