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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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The elevation by certain people of Makarios or Grivas or both into the heroic leaders of the liberation struggle, while other people have been holding those two protagonists of Cypriot history and their epigones (successors) responsible for the tragic course of Cyprus between the end of World War II and the present day are set within the framework of a continuing conflict.
At the same time, translators remained Mendelssohn's epigones, translating his work into their own.
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Focusing on the social relations of production rather than on political structures, Chattopadhyay contributes to the ongoing worldwide endeavor to resurrect Marx's emancipatory vision of socialism as an association of free individuals, from the oblivion to which Marx's historical epigones consigned it by making his work serve their Party-State regime.
The direction of development is inexorable; we are latecomers (Nietzsche would say "epigones," see nietzsche, supra note 11, at 83, 94), consigned to passive roles that we can make the best of by playing by the rules.
Lilla may have a point about the simplifying epigones of Strauss and Voegelin who are quicker to jump to the "Once upon a time" storytelling Lilla claims he finds in Strauss himself.
Yet Friedman and his epigones also believe that, while the rest of the marketplace should be allowed to operate with a minimum of government interference, the money supply should be controlled by enlightened government managers at central banks such as the American Federal Reserve.
But their epigones are few in number and have made no significant theoretical contribution.
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Le genre avait sans doute sa place mais ses epigones n'ont jamais pu perpetuer la force et l'emotion qui se degagent des chants nes en pleine guerre.
A mon avis il y a anguille sous roche, et j'ai le sentiment qu'il s'agit tout simplement la d'une attaque dirigee contre ma propre personne, soit par la Direction des arts ou par ses epigones!