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philippic

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noun phi·lip·pic \fə-ˈli-pik\

Definition of philippic

  1. :  a discourse or declamation full of bitter condemnation :  tirade



Examples of philippic

  1. <the head coach was briefly suspended after launching into a foul-mouthed philippic during a press conference>



Origin of philippic

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, literally, speeches relating to Philip


First Known Use: 1592


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