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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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These include liturgical and talismanic uses of poetry; amplification (tashtir, takhmis) in which a base text is enframed or encased, and redirected, within an epigone's added lines; contrafaction (muxAaradah), in which the rhyme, meter and key words of the original reverberate aurally and semantically in the imitator's homage, challenge, and cooptation of the original; manuscript and architectural inscription in which verbal aesthetics are brought into dialog with visual messaging; anthologizing, in which a selection is meticulously framed within a curated master-program; and song, in which the sonority of the poetic rhyme and meter is surrendered to a new aesthetics of musical performance.
But while Donald Judd and Andy Warhol would seem to be inevitable figures against which to measure Roehr's enterprise, the work's anti-iconic attitude toward its subject matter and its rich visual dynamism mark it as an epigone of neither.
Le chef du mouvement Ennahdha, Rached Ghannouchi, a affirme que le nouveau parti qui serait cree pour succeder a Nidaa Tounes serait un epigone voue a l'echec s'il tirait son
He is the author of two books Robert Lowell: Uncomfortable Epigone of the Grands Maitres (2005) and Robert Frost's Political Body (2014).
But the film is also strongly reminiscent of Christian Petzold's Gespenster/ Ghosts (2005), and committed to an aesthetic that key Berlin School directors like Petzold, Christoph Hochhausler, and Thomas Arslan have moved away from in their last features, leaving us with the feeling that we are watching the work of an epigone.
Less distinguished person of a later generation (d) epigone 5.
The author summarizes her own judgment in the subtitle to the book: "From Restrained Indifference to Calculated Defiance." After nine chapters, preceded by an introduction and summarized in a conclusion, she ends with an epilogue on a late fourteenth-/early fifteenth-century Chishti epigone Khwiija Gesadiraz (d.
In his final romance, he "fashions himself as the epigone of his own variant of American Romanticism that is characterized by a desire to contain the clash of religion with the 'secular' through an actualization of providential notions, as well as by the development of a literary moralism that explores and addresses the significance of the good life for personal identity" (267).
We also learn, through a well-researched and engaging discussion divided between the main text and the extensive footnotes, that Ferdinand Eliller (another "epigone" of the earlier (reiteration) transformed the conservatory from an amateur organization for lessons and performance ensembles to a professional training center during his tenure there between 1850 and 1884.
She finds an explanation for the paradox in the part played by Vulcanius himself in the composition of his legend, and in the nature of his scholarship and writing: devoting most of his life to editions and translations, Vulcanius defined his writing as that of an epigone. His volume does not seek to resolve the paradox, but rather "aims to restore the aura of discretion and silence in which Vulcanius wrapped his private life and opinions ...
The book thereby misses an opportunity to situate Locke not merely as an epigone of Dewey and James, but rather as their equal and most importantly, one of the founders of American pragmatism.
Thanks to the expert editorial work of Lise Leibacher-Ouvrard and Daniel Maher, Epigone, histoire du siecle futur is again available.