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  • adj. Of a form of bitter misanthropy related to Timonism, like Timon of Athens.
  • adj. Pertaining or related to Timon of Phlius, his life, works, style, or ideas.


Timon +‎ -an, from the 5th-century BC person Timon of Athens (as described by Plutarch, Lucian, Aristophanes), possibly by way of William Shakespeare's play Timon of Athens (c. 1607). Used by John Toland in a letter (c. 1710-1722), apparently as a rare word or neologism. Used by Thomas Amory in The Life of John Buncle, Vol. II (1766), as a regular word. (Wiktionary)
Timon +‎ -an, from a 3rd-century BC disciple of Pyrrho, Skeptic philosopher and satirist Timon of Phlius (c. 320 – c. 230 BC). (Wiktionary)


  • And so in love with his Timonean solitude was Rozoko, that it needed many bribes and bland persuasions, to induce him to desert his mossy, hillside, misanthropic cave, for the distracting tumult of a court.

    Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. II (of 2)


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