An attitude of smug ignorance and conventionalism, especially toward artistic and cultural values.
Variant of Philistine
- a member of a non-Semitic people that lived in Philistia and repeatedly warred with the Israelites
Origin of Philistineadapted < Ger Philister, orig. student slang for townspeople a person regarded as smugly narrow and conventional in views and tastes, lacking in and indifferent to cultural and aesthetic values
Origin of PhilistineMiddle English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin Philistinus, usually plural Philistini ; from Late Greek (Josephus) philistinoi ; from Classical Hebrew (language) p'lishtim; akin to Palestine
- of the ancient Philistines or their culture
- smugly conventional and lacking in culture