Is there such a dearth of lilies in our Israelitish gardens that you must wear on your heart a philistine thistle?
I'm a philistine, and not ashamed; so was Molière—so was Cervantes.
The impression to the contrary on the part of the philistine is a delusion, a false security.
If he had philistine feelings, he indulged them without shame.
If he really means to fight, he is not such a philistine as we thought!'
When Saul and all the Israelites heard these words of the philistine, they were terrified.
I admit she is a philistine, appallingly ignorant, and her taste in art is false.
He is one in revolt with Byron and Shelley against a philistine world.
And the philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
What the deuce does this philistine mean by showing his dirty halfpence to me?
Old Testament people of coastal Palestine who made war on the Israelites, early 14c., from Old French Philistin, from Late Latin Philistinus, from Late Greek Philistinoi (plural), from Hebrew P'lishtim, "people of P'lesheth" ("Philistia"); cf. Akkad. Palastu, Egyptian Palusata; the word probably is the people's name for itself.
"person deficient in liberal culture," 1827, originally in Carlyle, popularized by him and Matthew Arnold, from German Philister "enemy of God's word," literally "Philistine," inhabitants of a Biblical land, neighbors (and enemies) of Israel (see Philistine). Popularized in German student slang (supposedly first in Jena, late 17c.) as a contemptuous term for "townies," and hence, by extension, "any uncultured person." Philistine had been used in a humorous figurative sense of "the enemy" in English from c.1600.