Definition of epigone in English:



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

    ‘the humdrum compositions of some of Beethoven's epigones’
    • ‘To be sure, American writers and entertainers didn't all suddenly begin reading him and decide to become his epigones.’
    • ‘In the context of the pervasive nineteenth century idealism of Hegel, Kant and their epigones, this axiomatic statement was anything but banal.’
    • ‘She differentiates between authentic naives and Sunday painters, dilettantes and epigones at adult art class level, none of whom is represented in her collection.’
    • ‘But what ‘light’ is cast by the epigones of today's cinema?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The man doesn't like to be dubbed an epigone, especially of the fusion restaurants that have mushroomed in Banjara Hills and Begumpet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This much is certain already: Though old-fashioned, the work is generally too well crafted to make him a mere epigone.’
    • ‘Three of the newcomers seem to be promising epigones in need of additional grooming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I would be an epigone and no artist if I only used the experiences of others without developing them any further.’
    • ‘And the figure around whom my argument turns is, in various epigones, King Richard III.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can one say the same for their latter-day epigones?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For instance, the Feds' epigones at State level try to follow it with often disastrous consequences.’
    • ‘These men stood for the mobility of ideas: their epigones, for the mobility of money alone.’
    group, set, circle, clique, faction, sect
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Mid 18th century: plurals from French épigones and Latin epigoni, from Greek epigonoi ‘those born afterwards’ (based on gignesthai ‘be born’).