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  1. any of the orations delivered by Demosthenes, the Athenian orator, in the 4th century b.c., against Philip, king of Macedon.
  2. (lowercase) any speech or discourse of bitter denunciation.
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Origin of Philippic

1585–95; < Latin Philippicus < Greek Philippikós. See Philip, -ic
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Related Words for philippic

tirade, screen, reproach, diatribe, exchange

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Historical Examples of philippic

  • Such a philippic, he seemed to think, could never be out of season.

    Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland

    Daniel Turner Holmes

  • He himself goes to Puteoli, and there he writes the second Philippic.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

  • In the same evening he addresses the people in his fourth Philippic.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

  • Cicero speaks of this event of his life in his twelfth Philippic, c. 11.

  • On the second of September he delivered his first Philippic in the Senate.

British Dictionary definitions for philippic


  1. a bitter or impassioned speech of denunciation; invective
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Word Origin and History for philippic


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.

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