from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Hence [lowercase] Any discourse or declamation full of acrimonious invective. The orations of Cicero against Mark Antony are called philippics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

  • noun a speech of violent denunciation


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