philippics

Philippic

[fi-lip-ik]
noun
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.

Origin:
1585–95; < Latin Philippicus < Greek Philippikós. See Philip, -ic

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philippic (fɪˈlɪpɪk)
 
n
a bitter or impassioned speech of denunciation; invective

Philippics (fɪˈlɪpɪks)
 
pl n
1.  Demosthenes' orations against Philip of Macedon
2.  Cicero's orations against Antony

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philippic
1592, "bitter invective discourse," from M.Fr. philippique, from L. orationes Philippicæ, translation of Gk. Philippikoi logoi. The L. phrase was used of the speeches made by Cicero against Marc Antony in 44 and 43 B.C.E.; originally of 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.
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