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Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Definitions for epigone

  1. An inferior imitator, especially of some distinguished writer, artist, musician, or philosopher.

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Citations for epigone
He probably was influenced by John le Carré. . . . But Mr. Crisp . . . is no mere epigone. Newgate Callendar, New York Times
No novelist is dearer to me than Robert Musil. He died one morning while lifting weights. When I lift them myself, I keep anxiously checking my pulse, and I am afraid of dropping dead, for to die with a weight in my hand like my revered author would make me an epigone so unbelievable, frenetic and fanatical as immediately to assure me of ridiculous immortality. Milan Kundera, Immortality
Origin of epigone
Epigone derives from Greek epigonos, from epigignesthai, to be born after, from epi-, "upon, after" + gignesthai, "to be born." The adjective form is epigonic.
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