Definition of philippic in English:

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Pronunciation: /fəˈlipik/


A bitter attack or denunciation, especially a verbal one.
Example sentences
  • I wonder if the new editor of the Daily Telegraph has any Irish blood and will tone down the paper's anti-euro, anti-EU philippics.
  • They have also launched countless philippics against Labour's love of the target and the quota, and all manner of diktat from Whitehall.
  • The other part of her book which has impressed me is her philippic on Europe and her call for Britain to begin the process of withdrawal from the European Union.
tirade, diatribe, harangue, lecture, attack, onslaught, denunciation, rant, polemic, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, criticism, censure
informal blast


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek philippikos, the name given to Demosthenes' speeches against Philip II of Macedon, also to those of Cicero against Mark Antony.

Words that rhyme with philippic

prototypic, stereotypic

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Syllabification: phi·lip·pic

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