\ \ [16] The original philippics (in Greek philippikós) were a series of speeches in which the Athenian orator Demosthenes denounced the political ambitions of Philip of Macedon in the 4th century BC (the word was a derivative of the Greek name PhílipposPhilip’, which etymologically means ‘horse-lover’). The term was subsequently applied (as Latin philippicus) to the speeches of Cicero attacking Mark Anthony, and in due course became a general word for a ‘fierce denunciation’.

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  • Philippic — Phi*lip pic, n. [L. Philippicus belonging to Philip, Philippic, Gr. ?, fr. ? Philip, ? fond of horses: cf. F. philippique.] 1. Any one of the series of famous orations of Demosthenes, the Grecian orator, denouncing Philip, king of Macedon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • philippic ft — *tirade, diatribe, jeremiad Analogous words: harangue, *speech, address, oration: condemnation, denunciation (see corresponding verbs at CRITICIZE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • philippic — ► NOUN ▪ a bitter verbal attack or denunciation. ORIGIN from Greek philippikos, the name given to Demosthenes speeches against Philip II of Macedon, and Cicero s against Mark Antony …   English terms dictionary

  • Philippic — [fi lip′ik] n. [L Philippicus < Gr Philippikos, belonging to Philip < Philippos,PHILIP1] 1. any of the orations of Demosthenes against Philip, king of Macedon 2. [p ] any bitter verbal attack …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   Wikipedia

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  • philippic — noun, literary no publisher wanted to touch his scathing philippic Syn: tirade, diatribe, harangue, lecture, attack, onslaught, denunciation, rant, polemic, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, criticism, censure; informal blast …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • philippic — noun Etymology: Middle French philippique, from Latin & Greek; Latin philippica, orationes philippicae, speeches of Cicero against Mark Antony, translation of Greek philippikoi logoi, speeches of Demosthenes against Philip II of Macedon,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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