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Today's Word : Philippic
July 29, 2007

Word of 29th July 2007: A Word A Day-Philippic


( Noun )

Philippic : (fi-lip'ik)

1. Any of the orations of Demosthenes against Philip of Macedon in the fourth century B.C.

2. Any of the orations of Cicero against Antony in 44 B.C.

3. A verbal denunciation characterized by harsh and insulting language

4. A long, violent, blustering speech usually of censure or denunciation

Contextual Examples:

By Demosthenes' standards, Simon's lyrics are more of a whine than a Philippic.

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens is a philippic pure and simple.


1. Diatribe

2. Fulmination

3. Harangue

4. Jeremiad

5. Tirade


1. Acceptance

2. Admirer

3. Applause

4. Boast

5. Braggart

6. Compliment

7. Flattery

8. Glory

9. Praise

10. Sycophant

11. Testimonial

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