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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the orations of Demosthenes against Philip of Macedon in the fourth century B.C.
  • n. Any of the orations of Cicero against Antony in 44 B.C.
  • n. A verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language; a tirade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of the series of famous orations of Demosthenes, the Grecian orator, denouncing Philip, king of Macedon.
  • n. Hence: Any discourse or declamation abounding in acrimonious invective.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a series of orations delivered, in the fourth century b. c., by the Athenian orator Demosthenes, against Philip, king of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, in which the orator proclaims the imminent jeopardy of Athenian liberty, and seeks to arouse his fellow-citizens to a sense of their danger and to stimulate them to timely action against the growing power of Macedon.
  • n. Hence [lowercase] Any discourse or declamation full of acrimonious invective. The orations of Cicero against Mark Antony are called philippics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a speech of violent denunciation

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