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fɪˈlɪp ɪkphilip·pic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tirade, philippic, broadsidenoun

    a speech of violent denunciation


  1. philippicnoun

    Any of the discourses of Demosthenes against Philip II of Macedon, defending the liberty of Athens.

  2. philippicnoun

    Any tirade or declamation full of bitter condemnation.

  3. Etymology: philippicus, from φιλιππικος, from Φιλιππος, from φιλο- + ίππος.


  1. Philippic

    A philippic (/fɪˈlɪpɪk/) is a fiery, damning speech, or tirade, delivered to condemn a particular political actor. The term is most famously associated with two noted orators of the ancient world: Demosthenes of ancient Athens and Cicero of ancient Rome. The term itself is derived from Demosthenes' speeches in 351 BC denouncing the imperialist ambitions of Philip of Macedon, which later came to be known as The Philippics.


  1. philippic

    A philippic is a bitter, impassioned speech or discourse expressing strong protest or condemnation. It is typically eloquent and persuasive, often used in the context of denouncing someone or something. The term originates from the speeches made by the Greek orator, Demosthenes, against Philip II of Macedonia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Philippicnoun

    any one of the series of famous orations of Demosthenes, the Grecian orator, denouncing Philip, king of Macedon

  2. Philippicnoun

    hence: Any discourse or declamation abounding in acrimonious invective

  3. Etymology: [L. Philippiko`s belonging to Philip, Philippic, Gr. filippikos, fr. Fi`lippos Philip, fi`lippos fond of horses: cf. F. philippique.]


  1. Philippic

    A philippic is a fiery, damning speech, or tirade, delivered to condemn a particular political actor. The term originates with Demosthenes, who delivered several attacks on Philip II of Macedon in the 4th century BC. Cicero consciously modeled his own series of attacks on Mark Antony, in 44 BC and 43 BC, on Demosthenes's speeches, and if the correspondence between M. Brutus and Cicero is genuine [ad Brut. ii 3.4, ii 4.2], at least the fifth and seventh speeches were referred to as the Philippics in Cicero's time. They were also called the Antonian Orations by Aulus Gellius. They were named after a series of speeches that failed to effectively warn the Greeks of the danger of Philip of Macedon. After the death of Caesar, Cicero privately expressed his regret that the murderers of Caesar had not included Antony in their plot, and he bent his efforts to the discrediting of Antony. Cicero even promoted illegal action, such as legitimatizing Octavian's private army. In all, Cicero delivered 14 Phillipics in less than two years. Cicero's focus on Antony, however, would contribute to his downfall as he failed to recognize the threat of Octavian to his republican ideal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Philippic

    fil-ip′ik, n. one of the three orations of Demosthenes against Philip of Macedon, or of Cicero against Marc Antony: any discourse full of invective.—v.i. Phil′ippise, to utter such.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Philippic

    the name originally applied to Demosthenes' three great orations against Philip of Macedon, then to Cicero's speeches against Mark Antony; now denotes any violent invective written or spoken.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Philippic

    A powerful invective or denunciation. So called from a famous oration of Demosthenes against Philip of Macedon with a view of arousing the Athenians to repel his ambitious designs.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of philippic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of philippic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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