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[klee-on] /ˈkli ɒn/
died 422 b.c, Athenian general and political opponent of Pericles. Unabridged
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  • Cleon would fain believe in personal immortality but cannot, and, like Matthew Arnold, believes in facing death imperturbably.

    Browning and His Century Helen Archibald Clarke
  • But it is this quality, Cleon continues, which makes man a failure.

  • It is to the growing complexity of the human mind that Cleon looks for an answer.

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

  • Democracy had been hitherto only a ludicrous effort to reverse the laws of nature by thrusting Cleon into the place of Pericles.

  • To Cleon and his politics Aristophanes was violently opposed.

    Historical Parallels, vol 3 (of 3) Arthur Thomas Malkin
  • Cleon was esteemed a first–rate general, and accordingly sent out to match the incomparable Brasidas.

    Historical Parallels, vol 3 (of 3) Arthur Thomas Malkin
  • Cleon felt the necessity which Reason demonstrated on La Salve.

    Browning and Dogma Ethel M. Naish
  • The pipe was charged and lighted by Cleon (after he became ill, by the new servant Jasmin).

    The Argosy Various
British Dictionary definitions for Cleon


died 422 bc, Athenian demagogue and military leader
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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