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 (dĭ-mŏs′thə-nēz′) 384-322 bc.
Greek orator whose reputation is based mainly on his Philippics, a series of orations exhorting the citizens of Athens to rise up against Philip II of Macedon.


(Biography) 384–322 bc, Athenian statesman, orator, and lifelong opponent of the power of Macedonia over Greece


(dɪˈmɒs θəˌniz)

384?–322 B.C., Athenian statesman and orator.
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Question was asked of Demosthenes, what was the chief part of an orator?
"Demosthenes, I know thee by the pebble thou secretest in thy golden mouth!" said Bilibin, and the mop of hair on his head moved with satisfaction.
Nor do I believe that all the imagination, fire, and judgment of Pitt, could have produced those orations that have made the senate of England, in these our times, a rival in eloquence to Greece and Rome, if he had not been so well read in the writings of Demosthenes and Cicero, as to have transferred their whole spirit into his speeches, and, with their spirit, their knowledge too.
As we turned and moved again through the temple, I wished that the illustrious men who had sat in it in the remote ages could visit it again and reveal themselves to our curious eyes--Plato, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Socrates, Phocion, Pythagoras, Euclid, Pindar, Xenophon, Herodotus, Praxiteles and Phidias, Zeuxis the painter.
In the distance was the ancient, but still almost perfect Temple of Theseus, and close by, looking to the west, was the Bema, from whence Demosthenes thundered his philippics and fired the wavering patriotism of his countrymen.
Athens, as we learn from Demosthenes, was the arbiter of Greece seventy-three years.
Imagine with thyself, courteous reader, how often I then wished for the tongue of Demosthenes or Cicero, that might have enabled me to celebrate the praise of my own dear native country in a style equal to its merits and felicity.
Whatever his motive might have been, Laurie studied to some purpose that year, for he graduated with honor, and gave the Latin oration with the grace of a Phillips and the eloquence of a Demosthenes, so his friends said.
"Demosthenian eloquence," said Don Quixote, "means the eloquence of Demosthenes, as Ciceronian means that of Cicero, who were the two most eloquent orators in the world."
Such men were Demosthenes, Cicero, Webster, and at times Lincoln, and beside them in England stands Burke.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources legal chief Demosthenes Escoto said they were already preparing a possible poaching case against the Chinese trawler, but would need the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs to get more details from the Chinese Embassy.
The second count states that Hunter knowing Demosthenes Asuncion to be medical services personnel and in order to prevent the performance of Dr.