Meaning of epigone in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛpɪɡəʊn/

nounepigones, epigoni

  • A less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher.

    ‘the humdrum compositions of some of Beethoven's epigones’
    • ‘I would be an epigone and no artist if I only used the experiences of others without developing them any further.’
    • ‘For instance, the Feds' epigones at State level try to follow it with often disastrous consequences.’
    • ‘Not only does this process have much capital behind it - fed by the deep-pocket venture capital organizations of Silicon Valley an hour to the south - but it has its epigones in the press.’
    • ‘These men stood for the mobility of ideas: their epigones, for the mobility of money alone.’
    • ‘Can one say the same for their latter-day epigones?’
    • ‘The man doesn't like to be dubbed an epigone, especially of the fusion restaurants that have mushroomed in Banjara Hills and Begumpet.’
    • ‘We, for our part, all considered ourselves their inheritors, even epigones, with the responsibility of translating their German thinking into American categories and presenting a ‘new theology’ to our countrymen and women.’
    • ‘She differentiates between authentic naives and Sunday painters, dilettantes and epigones at adult art class level, none of whom is represented in her collection.’
    • ‘The animal story, like the contemporaneous naturalistic novel of Zola and his various epigones, could, at least in theory, ground all its narrative events in observation, probability, and fact.’
    • ‘But no serious social scientist would venture today to speak of such a pre-established economic harmony, as the classical economists and their optimistic-liberal epigones envisage it.’
    • ‘But what ‘light’ is cast by the epigones of today's cinema?’
    • ‘In the context of the pervasive nineteenth century idealism of Hegel, Kant and their epigones, this axiomatic statement was anything but banal.’
    • ‘At a time when the theater is besieged by phony avant-gardists from the left and vapid epigones from the right, let us give thanks for him.’
    • ‘To be sure, American writers and entertainers didn't all suddenly begin reading him and decide to become his epigones.’
    • ‘Those born in the eighties of the nineteenth century and later were merely epigones of the university and parlor Socialists of the late Victorian period.’
    • ‘And the figure around whom my argument turns is, in various epigones, King Richard III.’
    • ‘Three of the newcomers seem to be promising epigones in need of additional grooming.’
    • ‘His decision to spare the soldier initiates a near mutiny that is quelled only when the captain finally reveals something about his civilian life, becoming a real person to his men instead of an epigone of orders and chain of command.’
    • ‘This much is certain already: Though old-fashioned, the work is generally too well crafted to make him a mere epigone.’
    • ‘He, however, is no imitative epigone, but a historian of the first rank, helped rather than hindered by the literary tradition within which he wrote.’
    group, set, circle, clique, faction, sect


Mid 18th century plurals from French épigones and Latin epigoni, from Greek epigonoi ‘those born afterwards’ (based on gignesthai ‘be born’).