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Philippic

[fi-lip-ik] /fɪˈlɪp ɪk/
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
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin Philippicus < Greek Philippikós. See Philip, -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for philippics

Philippics

/fɪˈlɪpɪks/
plural noun
1.
Demosthenes' orations against Philip of Macedon
2.
Cicero's orations against Antony

philippic

/fɪˈlɪpɪk/
noun
1.
a bitter or impassioned speech of denunciation; invective
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Word Origin and History for philippics

philippic

n.

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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