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Proper Names used as Common Nouns

Crebillon = terrible. Dumas = imaginative Fénelon = fabulous. Le Sage = humorous. Molière = comic. Montaigne = thoughtful. Rabelais = unclean. Rousseau = amorous, Victor Hugo = incendiary.

Zola
= licentious; Zolaesque, in the manner or style of Zola, the French novelist.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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