Mark Twain, in his day, felt the stirrings of revolt, and not all his philistinism was sufficient to hold him altogether in check.
The latter represented freedom and cleverness at war with philistinism.
He had not expected to find so pleasant a house; verily, the marks of philistinism were not upon it.
To say that you do not like them is confession of your own philistinism.
The mind of something better than philistinism has learned that republics can be made to work on a large scale.
So the good woman had said, showing her lack of geist—her philistinism.
Now, to be candid, Sylvia herself was not wholly emancipated from the state of philistinism which Trenholme was railing at.
philistinism, it seems, finds ready converts on the other side of the globe.
philistinism was the note of the age and community in which he lived.
Provincialism is the soil in which philistinism grows most rapidly and widely.
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.