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  1. 384?–322 b.c., Athenian statesman and orator.
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Examples from the Web for demosthenes

Historical Examples of demosthenes

  • It was that of Demosthenes, concise, energetic, and commanding.

    A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion

    William Dobein James

  • Such had been the orders of Demosthenes, which were now carried into effect.

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

  • While Demosthenes argued, and Nicias demurred, Gylippus had not been idle.

  • The platform of the local Demosthenes stood in a corner near the street.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

British Dictionary definitions for demosthenes


  1. 384–322 bc, Athenian statesman, orator, and lifelong opponent of the power of Macedonia over Greece
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demosthenes in Culture



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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