ep·​i·​gone | \ˈe-pə-ˌgōn \

Definition of epigone 

: follower, disciple also : an inferior imitator

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Other Words from epigone

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

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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."

Examples of epigone in a Sentence

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

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Ms. Yamaguchi is an heir of Tamara de Lempicka, epigone of Art Deco figuration. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Out-of-Town Galleries Arrive, Bearing Art," 13 July 2017 That became the conventional wisdom once their stateside epigones took up the cry. Tom Carson, New York Times, "A Filmmaker’s Journey," 1 June 2016

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First Known Use of epigone

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epigone

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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