follow Dictionary.com

8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary

epigone

[ep-i-gohn] /ˈɛp ɪˌgoʊn/
noun
1.
an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor of an important writer, painter, etc.
Also, epigon
[ep-i-gon] /ˈɛp ɪˌgɒn/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Latin epigonus < Greek epígonos (one) born afterward, equivalent to epi- epi- + -gonos, akin to gígnesthai to be born
Related forms
epigonic
[ep-i-gon-ik] /ˌɛp ɪˈgɒn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
epigonism
[ih-pig-uh-niz-uh m, e-pig-, ep-uh-goh-niz-im, -gon-iz-] /ɪˈpɪg əˌnɪz əm, ɛˈpɪg-, ˈɛp əˌgoʊ nɪz ɪm, -ˌgɒn ɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for epigonism

epigone

/ˈɛpɪˌɡəʊn/
noun
1.
(rare) an inferior follower or imitator
Word Origin
C19: from Greek epigonos one born after, from epigignesthai; see epigene
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for epigonism

epigone

n.

also epigon, "undistinguished scions of mighty ancestors," (sometimes in Latin plural form epigoni), from Greek epigonoi, in classical use with reference to the sons of the Seven who warred against Thebes; plural of epigonos "born afterward" from epi (see epi-) + -gonos, from root of gignesthai "to be born" related to genos "race, birth, descent" (see genus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for epigone

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for epigonism

0
18
Scrabble Words With Friends