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epigone

play
noun ep·i·gone \ˈe-pə-ˌgōn\

Definition of epigone

  1. :  follower, disciple; also :  an inferior imitator

epigonic play \ˌe-pə-ˈgä-nik\ or epigonous play \i-ˈpi-gə-nəs, e-\ adjective
epigonism play \-ˈpi-gə-ˌni-zəm\ noun


Examples of epigone in a sentence

  1. <few of director Alfred Hitchcock's many epigones possess much of the master's wit or style>



Did You Know?

English borrowed "epigone" from German in the 19th century. The Germans themselves had taken the word from the Latin epigonus, which means "successor." The Latin term followed the Greek epigonos, which was often used in plural to designate the sons of seven legendary Greek leaders who were defeated at Thebes. "Epigonos" in turn came from the Greek verb epigignesthai, meaning "to be born after." "Epi-" can mean "after," and gignesthai means "to be born."

Origin of epigone

German, from Latin epigonus successor, from Greek epigonos, from epigignesthai to be born after, from epi- + gignesthai to be born — more at kin


First Known Use: 1865

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