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Jun 12, 2019
This week’s theme
People who have had multiple words coined after them

This week’s words
Socratic method
Midas touch
philippic
herm
Achilles' heel

philippic
A bust of Philip II, a 1st-century Roman copy of a Greek original
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with Anu Garg

philippic

PRONUNCIATION:
(fi-LIP-ik)

MEANING:
noun: A bitter condemnation, usually in a speech.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek philippikos, the name given to orator Demosthenes’s speeches urging Athenians to rise up against Philip II of Macedon. Earliest documented use: 1550.

USAGE:
“It was from the front that he sent a letter -- a philippic, really -- home to his wife, Margaret, that is more than a raging description of his feelings.”
Michael Prodger; Old Gods, New Monsters; New Statesman (London, UK); Oct 28-Nov 3, 2016.

See more usage examples of philippic in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. -Anne Frank, Holocaust diarist (12 Jun 1929-1945)

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