Vocabulary: philippic – tirade

Title: Last Call
Author: Daniel Okrent
Sentence: Then: "Take the offensive everywhere," Hobson cried as he brought his philippic to its close and his audience to its feet. Attack! Attack! Attack!
Page: 74

Word: philippic
  • a discourse or declamation full of bitter condemnation : tirade
  • Example: the head coach was briefly suspended after launching into a foul-mouthed philippic during a press conference.
   Source: Merriam-Webster Online

Not a word I have heard before, yet Simon and Garfunkel have a song using it, A Simple Desultory Philippic.
Also found this older version by Paul Simon.

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