- A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts: I am a complete philistine when it comes to paintingsMore example sentences
- 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.
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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 visitorsMore example sentences
- 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.
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- Their libertarianism was more aesthetic than political, an assertion of personal autonomy against repressive philistinism.
- When cultural studies denigrates literature as elitist, this is hard to distinguish from a long national tradition of bourgeois philistinism.
- She was also accused of philistinism, particularly because of a remark she made at a private dinner party, disloyally leaked by a fellow guest.
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.