epigonism

epigone

[ep-i-gohn]
noun
an undistinguished imitator, follower, or successor of an important writer, painter, etc.
Also, epigon [ep-i-gon] .


Origin:
1860–65; < Latin epigonus < Greek epígonos (one) born afterward, equivalent to epi- epi- + -gonos, akin to gígnesthai to be born

epigonic [ep-i-gon-ik] , adjective
epigonism [ih-pig-uh-niz-uhm, e-pig-, ep-uh-goh-niz-im, -gon-iz-] , noun
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epigone or epigon (ˈɛpɪˌɡəʊn, ˈɛpɪˌɡɒn)
 
n
rare an inferior follower or imitator
 
[C19: from Greek epigonos one born after, from epigignesthai; see epigene]
 
epigon or epigon
 
n
 
[C19: from Greek epigonos one born after, from epigignesthai; see epigene]

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