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Syllabification: phil·is·tine
Pronunciation: /ˈfiləˌstēn
 
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noun

A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them: I am a complete philistine when it comes to paintings
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  • I'm a bit of philistine when it comes to art; I don't have much time for it and art galleries make me feel sleepy.
  • Of course, I guess it's possible that these books are all pretty well known to literate Americans and I'm just a philistine.
  • Ignore the doom-mongers and philistines - it is both possible and desirable to rescue Venice from sinking into the sea.

adjective

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Hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts: a philistine government there were displays to inspire even the most philistine of visitors
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  • Beneath this undercurrent of grumbling is the philistine assumption that it is elitist or irrelevant to consider art which does not excite the mass market.
  • And as yet another example of perhaps the only serious British contribution to 20th century architecture faces demolition, is there any other art form about which we could be so utterly, wilfully philistine?
  • The policy is philistine, expensive and environmentally disastrous.

Origin

early 19th century: from Philistine, originally with reference to a confrontation between university students and townspeople in Jena, Germany, in the late 17th century; a sermon on the conflict quoted “the Philistines are upon you” (Judges 16), which led to an association between the townspeople and those hostile to culture.

Derivatives

philistinism

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiləstēˌnizəm, fəˈlistə-/
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Philistine2

Syllabification: Phil·is·tine
Pronunciation: /ˈfiləˌstēn, -ˌstīn
 
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noun

A member of a non-Semitic people of ancient southern Palestine, who came into conflict with the Israelites during the 12th and 11th centuries bc.
Example sentences
  • The Canaanites suffered a series of setbacks in the late 2nd millennium bc with attacks from the sea peoples in the north while in the south they were displaced by the Israelites and the Philistines.
  • Yet in the end, the sculpture works its magic; just as the biblical David defeated the ancient Philistines, his statue conquers the modern American philistines.
  • When the Israelites asked for a king to lead them against the Philistines, Samuel warned them that he would become a tyrant.

According to the Bible, the Philistines, from whom the country of Palestine took its name, came from Crete and settled the southern coastal plain of Canaan in the 12th century bc

Origin

Old English: from late Latin Philistinus from Greek Philistinos, from Hebrew pĕlištī: compare with Palestine. See also philistine.

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