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Timonize +‎ -ation, 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 Raymond Ronald Long in his study The Hidden Sun (1965).


Timonization (plural Timonizations)

  1. The transformation of someone into a bitter misanthrope, a Timonist, like Timon of Athens.
    • 1965, Raymond Ronald Long, The Hidden Sun:[1]
      Among these lesser tragic influences the misanthropic concept of Timonization which seemed to obsess Melville so, and which has its origin in Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, is mentioned twice in Pierre [...]
    • 1996, Christopher Sten, The Weaver-God, He Weaves:[2]
      [The second half of Melville's Pierre] describes his growing misanthropy, his "Timonization" [...]




  1. ^ Raymond Ronald Long, The Hidden Sun: a study of the influence of Shakespeare on the creative imagination of Herman Meville, University of California, 1965, p. 157 at Google Books.
  2. ^ Christopher Sten, The Weaver-God, He Weaves: Melville and the poetics of the novel, Kent State University Press, 1996, ISBN 0873385373, Chapter Seven "The Divided Self: Pierre as Psychological Novel", p. 240 at Google Books.