- any of the orations delivered by Demosthenes, the Athenian orator, in the 4th century b.c., against Philip, king of Macedon.
- (lowercase) any speech or discourse of bitter denunciation.
Origin of Philippic
Examples from the Web for philippics
Historical Examples of philippics
I will venture to quote from a contemporary his praise of the Philippics.
While he was speaking his Philippics they could not but be243 enthusiastic on the same side.
The momentum of his own philippics had brought Saul Fulton to his feet.The Tempering
Charles Neville Buck
He himself called these Philippics, and there are three of them.History Of Ancient Civilization
These are the famous "Philippics," of which you will often hear.
- Demosthenes' orations against Philip of Macedon
- Cicero's orations against Antony
- a bitter or impassioned speech of denunciation; invective
Word Origin and History for philippics
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.