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  1. an ancient country on the E coast of the Mediterranean.
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Related formsPhi·lis·ti·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for philistia

Historical Examples

  • Indeed, many helots are there, who come from Philistia to spy out the Land.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Another paragraph, and Gregoriev is lost forever to Philistia!

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter

  • Farther south, the Plain of Philistia stretches off in the direction of Egypt.

  • The word Palestine only applies strictly to the district of Philistia.

  • Ancient city of Philistia, frequently mentioned in the Bible.

British Dictionary definitions for philistia


  1. an ancient country on the coast of SW Palestine
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