Philistine definition

fĭlĭ-stēn, fĭ-lĭstĭn, -tēn
Of or relating to ancient Philistia.
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A person who is smugly indifferent or hostile to art and culture.
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A member of a people, perhaps of Aegean origin, who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century bc .
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Relating to or having the attitudes of a philistine.
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A member of a non-Semitic people that lived in Philistia and repeatedly warred with the Israelites.
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The definition of a Philistine is a member of the Aegean people who settled in Philistia in the 12th century B.C., or someone who has narrow and conventional views and doesn't care about current culture or values.

An example of a Philistine is someone who lived in ancient Philistia and continually was at war with the Islaelites.

An example of a philistine is someone who doesn't want his money used to support a local symphony orchestra.

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Of the ancient Philistines or their culture.
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Alternative capitalization of Philistine.
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A person from ancient Philistia.
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Of or pertaining to the ancient Philistines.
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A person regarded as smugly narrow and conventional in views and tastes, lacking in and indifferent to cultural and aesthetic values.
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A person who lacks appreciation of art or culture.

It is Shakespearean, you philistine!

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Lacking appreciation of culture; also philistine.
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Smugly conventional and lacking in culture.
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Hostile to or lacking in appreciation for art or culture, or having no understanding of them.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
philistine
Plural:
philistines

Origin of philistine

  • From Middle English Philistines Philistines from Late Latin Philistīnī from Greek Philistīnoi from Hebrew Pəlištîm from Pəlešet , Philistia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The sense relating to lack of education and culture was introduced to English by Thomas Carlyle and greatly popularised by Matthew Arnold. It is derived from German student use of the term Philister to refer to the burghers of the town. This apparently derived from the use of the biblical text "the Philistines be upon you, Samson" in a memorial service for a Jena university student who died as the result of a town vs. gown dispute in 1693.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Late Latin Philistinus, from Late Ancient Greek Φυλιστῖνοι (Phulistinoi), from Hebrew פְּלִשְׁתִּים (p'lishtím), from פְּלֶשֶׁת (p'léshet, “Philistia").

    From Wiktionary