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Definition of "philippic" [philippic]

  • Any of the discourses of Demosthenes against Philip II of Macedon, defending the liberty of Athens. (noun)
  • Any tirade or declamation full of bitter condemnation. (noun)

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Use "philippic" in a sentence
  • "It's been a while since I got to use the term philippic, and I have to say: I enjoyed it."
  • "The term "philippic" comes from the Ancient Greek days when Demosthenes used to get up and yell about how terrible Philip of Macedon was -- and how he always threw his arms around procedure and stall, stall, stalled and then voted no, and wouldn't sit."
  • "People who write philippics - which can only earn the name "philippic" when published to a murderous tyrant - have good reason to worry that the bold act will cost them their lives, and I believe it nearly cost me mine."
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