epigone

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From French épigones, from Latin epigonī, from Ancient Greek ἐπίγονοι (epígonoi), plural form of ἐπίγονος (epígonos, born after), from ἐπιγίγνομαι (epigígnomai, I come after), from ἐπί (epí, upon), from γίγνομαι (gígnomai, I become).

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epigone (plural epigones)

  1. A follower or disciple.
    • 2013 May 11, “What a waste”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8835, page 12: 
      India is run by gerontocrats and epigones: grey hairs and groomed heirs.
  2. An undistinguished or inferior imitator of a well known artist or their style.
    • 1992, Stephen Jay Gould Bully for Brontosaurus
      While Shaler remained subordinate, he followed Agassiz’s intellectual lead, often with the epigone’s habit of exaggerating his master’s voice.
    • 2000, China Miéville Perdido Street Station
      In another twist to the myth, his Head of Department, the ageless and loathsome Vermishank, was not a plodding epigone but an exceptional bio-thaumaturge.

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epigone f

  1. plural form of epigona

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