I will venture to quote from a contemporary his praise of the philippics.
He himself called these philippics, and there are three of them.
They are documents, as indispensable as the Olynthiacs or philippics, for his own political career.
These are the famous "philippics," of which you will often hear.
Here he broke off, and began a new work entitled The philippics, in fifty-eight books.
Cicero, in his philippics, actuated in great measure by personal animosity, gives a highly unfavourable view of his character.
It should hardly have been named one of the philippics, which title might well have been commenced with the second.
At length Lawyer abruptly left the council in the midst of one of Looking Glasss philippics, and retired to his lodge.
He wrote like a modern Demosthenes, with all political New York to quiver under his philippics.
We stood on this Pnyx, beyond doubt on the same spot where Demosthenes thundered his philippics in the ears of the Athenians.
1590s, "bitter invective discourse," from Middle French philippique, from Latin (orationes) Philippicæ, translation of Greek Philippikoi (logoi), the speeches made in Athens by Demosthenes in 351-341 B.C.E. urging Greeks to unite and fight the rising power of Philip II of Macedon. The Latin phrase was used of the speeches made by Cicero against Marc Antony in 44 and 43 B.C.E.