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Phi·lip·pic

 (fĭ-lĭp′ĭk)
n.
1. Any of the orations of Demosthenes against Philip II of Macedon in the fourth century bc.
2. Any of the orations of Cicero against Antony in 44 bc.
3. philippic A verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language; a tirade.

philippic

(fɪˈlɪpɪk)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a bitter or impassioned speech of denunciation; invective

Phi•lip•pic

(fɪˈlɪp ɪk)

n.
1. any of the orations delivered by Demosthenes against Philip II, king of Macedonia.
2. (l.c.) any speech or discourse of bitter denunciation.
[1585–95; < Latin Philippicus < Greek Philippikós]

philippic

an oration or declamation full of bitter and accusatory invective, named after the orations of Demosthenes attacking Philip of Macedon.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.philippic - a speech of violent denunciationphilippic - a speech of violent denunciation  
denouncement, denunciation - a public act of denouncing
declamation - vehement oratory

philippic

noun
A long, violent, or blustering speech, usually of censure or denunciation:
Translations

philippic

[fɪˈlɪpɪk] Nfilípica f

philippic

n (lit, fig)Philippika f
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Ferrars looked exceedingly angry, and drawing herself up more stiffly than ever, pronounced in retort this bitter philippic, "Miss Morton is Lord Morton's daughter.
Selfridge Merry, installed in the honorary arm-chairs tacitly reserved for them, paused to listen to the younger man's philippic.
And it seemeth his favor was so great, as Antonius, in a letter which is recited verbatim in one of Cicero's Philippics, calleth him venefica, witch; as if he had enchanted Caesar.
The gruel came and supplied a great deal to be saidmuch praise and many comments undoubting decision of its wholesomeness for every constitution, and pretty severe Philippics upon the many houses where it was never met with tolerable;but, unfortunately, among the failures which the daughter had to instance, the most recent, and therefore most prominent, was in her own cook at South End, a young woman hired for the time, who never had been able to understand what she meant by a basin of nice smooth gruel, thin, but not too thin.
When this commotion had a little subsided, the principal chief squatted once more before me, and throwing himself into a sudden rage, poured forth a string of philippics, which I was at no loss to understand, from the frequent recurrence of the word Happar, as being directed against the natives of the adjoining valley.
In the distance was the ancient, but still almost perfect Temple of Theseus, and close by, looking to the west, was the Bema, from whence Demosthenes thundered his philippics and fired the wavering patriotism of his countrymen.
Which only goes to show how easy it is to underrate Andrew Roberts, authorized apple polisher to the Blair-Bush diarchy, who devoted an entire chapter of his 1994 philippic Eminent Churchillians to dismissing Bryant with nagging abuse.
MWO offers this as a synonym (along with jeremiad and philippic, both of which I fear will soon have fallen out of use altogether) but to me a rant suggests something less carefully considered and argued than a diatribe.
of the lost Philippic Histories of Pompeius Trogus (first century BCE).
Before about 1980, almost all culturally literate musicians trained on British models--not necessarily in Britain itself--discovered, generally by happenstance, Constant Lambert's 1934 philippic Music Ho
In general vocabulary rather than in reference to the classical orations, a philippic is a long, bitter discourse full of condemnation.
The only thing to add to SV's latest online philippic is to remember these comments sprung forth from a guy with real class--and apparently one who doesn't own a mirror.