Simonism vs Timonism - What's the difference?

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Simonism is a see also of timonism.

As nouns the difference between simonism and timonism

is that simonism is (religion|uncommon) simony while timonism is a form of bitter misanthropy, a despair leading to hatred or contemptuous rejection of mankind, like (timon of athens).




  • (religion, uncommon) Simony.
  • * 1844 , Friedrich Kohlrausch, A history of Germany: from the earliest period to the present time , page 190:
  • His zeal for the purification of the church urged him forthwith to operate against the prevailing system of Simonism , or the purchasing of spiritual offices with money, and the immoral life led by the clergy.
  • * 1899 , Elvira Grifi, Saunterings in Florence: a new artistic and practical hand-book , page 456:
  • Here in 1062 the bishop of Florence Mezzabarba was refused admittance by the monks, who accused him of Simonism .

    See also

    * Saint Simonism, Saint-Simonism, St Simonism, * Timonism




    (en noun)
  • A form of bitter misanthropy, a despair leading to hatred or contemptuous rejection of mankind, like (Timon of Athens).
  • This most cruel betrayal led him to Timonism .
  • A bitter or cynical utterance or behavior, in the manner of (Timon of Athens).
  • Pay no attention to his Timonisms , it's a pose.


    * Form of bitter misanthropy ** 1840 , in The (Westminster Review)'', September:Signed "C.", "Fiction: ''Timon, But Not of Athens'' [review of the same-titled book by James Sedgwick (pseud. Timologus), London: Saunders & Otley, 1840]", ''(Westminster Review) , Vol. 34, No. 67, September 1840, "Critical and Miscellaneous Notices", p. 501; repr. in Vol. 34 (Nos. 66-67, June–September 1840), No. 2 (orig. 67), London: H. Hooper (C. Reynell, printer), 1841, p. 501 at Google Books. **: His "Timonism " scarcely shows itself, except against the priesthood, for which he has very little respect. ** 1852 , (Herman Melville), , 1852, chapter XVII "Young America in Literature", part III, online version. **: Then how could it be otherwise, than that an incipient Timonism should slide into Pierre, when he considered all the disgraceful inferences to be derived from such a fact. ** 1906 , Prof. , Oxford, 1 January 1906; pub. in The Letters of Sir Walter Raleigh (1879-1922)'', 2 vols. ed. by Lady Raleigh, Vol. 1, London: Methuen (1st ed.), London: Macmillan (2nd ed.), 1926; repr. in ''The Letters of Sir Walter Raleigh 1879 to 1922'', Kessinger Publishing, 2005, ISBN 9781417924769, p. 293 at Google Books. (Note: letter popularized in various other works, including by poet and critic (Herbert Read) in ''The Anthology of English prose'' (1931, aka ''The London Book of English Prose'' and ''English Prose Style'', p. 252), and by Philip Wayne in ''The Personal Art: An Anthology of English letters (1949, p. 226).) **: Men are stuffy little fellows. Their manliness bores me—it is almost universal, and humanity is very rare. [...] the poor things keep on struggling in a web of phantoms. They play with dolls all their lives. It's no good talking to them about wisdom and beauty. They have a complete system. There's even a doll Hell. This is not Timonism , I am an optimist. They are saved, most of them by their guts. A doll has no guts. ** 1988 , Paul Ollswang, "Cynicism":Paul Ollswang, "Cynicism: A Series of Cartoons on a Philosophical Theme", January 1988, page B at official site; repr. in The Best Comics of the Decade 1980-1990 Vol. 1 , Seattle: (Fantagraphics Books), 1990, ISBN 1-56097-035-9, p. 23. **: ''Cynicism'' is often contrasted with ''"Timonism "'' (cf. Shakespeare's ''Timon of Athens''). Cynics saw what people could be & were angered by what they had become; Timonists felt humans were hopelessly stupid & uncaring by nature & so saw no hope for change. * Bitter behavior or cynical utterrance ** 1891 , (Fergus Hume), When I Lived in Bohemia'':(Fergus Hume), ''When I Lived in Bohemia: Papers Selected from the Portfolio of Peter ---, Esq , 1891; repr. Tait, sons & company, 1892, p. 150 at Google Books. **: Thus he ran on carelessly in this cynical vein; but I, after a time, paid no attention to his Timonism s, being taken up with the spectacle of a crowd in the street surrounding a carriage. *


    * misanthropy

    Derived terms

    * Timonist

    See also

    * Simonism


    * OED, "Timon [feat. Timonian, Timonism, Timonist, Timonize]" in the (reproduced in a post) * TFD, "Timonism" in The Free Dictionary * Notes: English eponyms English words suffixed with -ism