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


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Latin philippicus, from Ancient Greek φιλιππικος, from Φιλιππος ("lover of horses"), from φιλο- + ίππος ("horse").


  • It's been a while since I got to use the term philippic, and I have to say: I enjoyed it.

    Rep. Weiner: Sit!

  • 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.

    Rep. Weiner: 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.

    Dissident Voice

  • Watching the Hollywood mega-hit "WALL-E" with his daughter, Mr. Kernen discovers not only wonderfully rendered animation but a philippic targeting consumer capitalism.

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  • In "My Jerry Saltz Problem," a spiritedly discursive philippic in the New Criterion about the changing nature of art criticism, James Panero articulates how disgruntled print journalists and traditional art critics feel about new media such as blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.

    Sharon L. Butler: Jerry Saltz's Burden

  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden on A simple, mildly incredulous philippic.

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  • Richard Dawkins has written a characteristically emotional anti-Christian philippic in the Times:

    2010 January « Anglican Samizdat

  • She remembered Neepoosa's philippic against the white women who were coming into the land, and realized the falseness of her position and the way in which he looked upon her.


  • Of all the attacks unleashed by all the legislative combatants throughout the war debate, probably none hit its target with such force as this clever philippic lodged against Calhoun by his longtime adversary and tormentor.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • Curiously, the bishop issued his philippic under the pseudonym of Sor Filotea de la Cruz.

    The remarkable life of Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695)


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  • "The talk, as usual, had veered around to the Beauforts, and even Mr. van der Luyden and Mr. Selfridge Merry, installed in the honorary arm-chairs tacitly reserved for them, paused to listen to the younger man’s philippic."

    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 20, 2009

  • Scipio, observing my by-play in this scene, had a mind to come in for his share in the banter. Most venerable prop of the true practice, said he to Sangrado, as I am descended in the third generation from a physician of the old school, give me leave to join you in your philippic against chemical conspiracies.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 1

    October 8, 2008

  • As long as it's not simple and desultory. ;-)

    January 10, 2007