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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 gen- in Indo-European roots.]
epi·gonic (-gnk) adj.
e·pigon·ism (-pg-nzm) n.
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ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsNoun 1. 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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Thanks--very interesting. You made me get out my OED, which had a very nice definition: "One of a succeeding generation. Chiefly in pl. the less distinguished successors of a distinguished generation." There is also an obscure second definition used in botany: "The membranous flask or bag which encloses the spore case of a liverwort or scale-moss when young. Also the nucule of a Chara." So, what is a nucule? "One of the seeds of a nuculanium [!]; a nutlet..." These botanists...[/i]
An ancient suggestion, but I'm going to add my vote to seeing done up. I was surprised to see that it is actually pronounced Epigone, not e-PIGE-ony as I expected. Along the lines of e-PIT-omy.
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