solon

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noun so·lon \ˈsō-lən, -ˌlän\

Definition of solon

  1. 1 :  a wise and skillful lawgiver

  2. 2 :  a member of a legislative body

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Examples of solon in a Sentence

  1. one of the most politically adept solons in the state legislature

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Solon was a particularly wise lawgiver in ancient Athens who was born in approximately 630 B.C. and lived until about 560 B.C. He was one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece, and he implemented a number of reforms in Athenian law. In English, his name has been used generically since at least 1625 to refer to any wise statesman. Contemporary American journalists, with whom the term is especially popular, have extended the meaning even further to include any member of a lawmaking body, wise or not. In fact, today the word is sometimes used ironically for a legislator who displays a marked lack of wisdom, rather than a profusion of it.

Origin and Etymology of solon

Solon


First Known Use: 1625


Solon

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biographical name So·lon \ˈsō-lən, -ˌlän\

Definition of Solon

  1. circa 630–circa 560 b.c. Athenian lawgiver



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