died 422 b.c., Athenian general and political opponent of Pericles. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cleon

Historical Examples of cleon

  • The more Cleon objected, the more they shouted that he should go.

  • Encouraged by the shouts of the multitude, who were crying to Cleon, "Why don't you go and do it?"

  • But the great object of Cleon and Demosthenes was to take them alive.

  • But it is this quality, Cleon continues, which makes man a failure.

  • Such references as there are to Cleon in this play are noteworthy.



British Dictionary definitions for cleon



died 422 bc, Athenian demagogue and military leader
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Word Origin and History for cleon


masc. proper name, from Latinized form of Greek kleon, kleos "fame" (see Clio).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper