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Demosthenes

[ dih-mos-thuh-neez ]
/ dɪˈmɒs θəˌniz /
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noun
384?–322 b.c., Athenian statesman and orator.
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British Dictionary definitions for Demosthenes

Demosthenes
/ (dɪˈmɒsθəˌniːz) /

noun
384–322 bc, Athenian statesman, orator, and lifelong opponent of the power of Macedonia over Greece
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Cultural definitions for Demosthenes

Demosthenes
[ (di-mos-thuh-neez) ]

The greatest orator of ancient Greece. Demosthenes is said to have overcome a childhood stutter by forcing himself to speak with pebbles in his mouth. He delivered speeches called Philippics attacking King Philip of Macedon, who was an enemy of Demosthenes' city of Athens (see also Athens).

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