Philippic [ fi-lip-ik ]
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.
WORDS RELATED TO PHILIPPIC
tirade, screen, reproach, diatribe, exchange
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Origin: 1585–95; < Latin Philippicus < Greek Philippikós. See Philip, -ic
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR PHILIPPIC
Such are the First Philippic and the three orations for Olynthus.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, 11TH EDITION, VOLUME 8, SLICE 2|VARIOUS
Coolly drawing out his pocketbook, he threw down two hundred florins,—the usual fine,—and continued his philippic.
THE BARON'S SONS|MR JKAI
A philippic at once so caustic and so classical, alighted like a bombshell among the hitherto peaceful citizens of Nopolis.
THE WORKS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE|EDGAR ALLAN POE
Cicero replied in the Second Philippic, one of the most violent invectives ever written.
A SMALLER HISTORY OF ROME|WILLIAM SMITH AND EUGENE LAWRENCE
But suddenly a gentleman of Provence rose to deliver a philippic against women.
THE PHYSIOLOGY OF MARRIAGE, COMPLETE|HONORE DE BALZAC
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