Definition of philippic in English:

philippic

noun

literary
  • A bitter attack or denunciation, especially a verbal one.

    ‘the lecture was a tremendous philippic against our culture’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My Dad wanted me to read The Divine Comedy but my Mom gave him a philippic for even suggesting it.’
    • ‘The smallest concession to a different view must now be scotched by this master of the pulpit philippic and the courtroom defence.’
    • ‘They have also launched countless philippics against Labour's love of the target and the quota, and all manner of diktat from Whitehall.’
    • ‘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.’
    tirade, diatribe, invective, denunciation, rant, polemic, broadside, harangue, verbal onslaught, reviling, railing, decrying, condemnation, brickbat, brickbats, flak, criticism, attack, censure, lecture, berating, admonishment, admonition, reprimand, rebuke, abuse, stream of abuse, battering, stricture, tongue-lashing
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

philippic

/fɪˈlɪpɪk/