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A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher.

[French épigone, sing. of épigones, from Greek Epigonoi, sons of the seven heroes against Thebes, from pl. of epigonos, born after : epi-, epi- + gonos, child, seed; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

ep′i·gon′ic (-gŏn′ĭk) adj.
e·pig′on·ism (ĭ-pĭg′ə-nĭz′əm) n.


(ˈɛpɪˌɡəʊn) or


rare an inferior follower or imitator
[C19: from Greek epigonos one born after, from epigignesthai; see epigene]


(ˈɛp ɪˌgoʊn)

also ep•i•gon


an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor of an important writer, painter, etc.
[1860–65; < Latin epigonus < Greek epígonos (one) born afterward]
ep`i•gon′ic (-ˈgɒn ɪk) adj.
e•pig•o•nism (ɪˈpɪg əˌnɪz əm) n.


an heir, descendant, or successor, frequently an inferior successor.
See also: Relationship
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epigone - an inferior imitator of some distinguished writer or artist of musician
aper, copycat, emulator, imitator, ape - someone who copies the words or behavior of another
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Thus, the Straussian epigone Francis Fukuyama celebrates the current American moment even more tastelessly than Hegel praised the Prussian monarchy, circa 1819, as the final form of the World Spirit.
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