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[fi-lip-ik] /fɪˈlɪp ɪk/

any of the orations delivered by Demosthenes, the Athenian orator, in the 4th century b.c., against Philip, king of Macedon.
(lowercase) any speech or discourse of bitter denunciation.
plural noun
Demosthenes’ orations against Philip of Macedon
Cicero’s orations against Antony
a bitter or impassioned speech of denunciation; invective

1590s, “bitter invective discourse,” from Middle French philippique, from Latin (orationes) Philippicæ, translation of Greek Philippikoi (logoi), the speeches made in Athens by Demosthenes in 351-341 B.C.E. urging Greeks to unite and fight the rising power of Philip II of Macedon. The Latin phrase was used of the speeches made by Cicero against Marc Antony in 44 and 43 B.C.E.


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