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- adj. Of a form of bitter misanthropy related to Timonism, like Timon of Athens.
- n. A sort of bitter misanthrope related to Timonism, like Timon of Athens.
Timon + -ist, from the 5th-century BC person Timon of Athens (as described by Plutarch, Lucian, Aristophanes). Used by Robert Greene in his Greene's Mourning Garment (1590). (Shakespeare's play Timon of Athens is usually estimated c. 1607 and would not have influenced Greene; however, some consider the play could be one of Shakepeare's earliests, and could then have been Greene's source.) (Wiktionary)