(sometimes initial capital letter) a person who is lacking in or hostile or smugly indifferent to cultural values, intellectual pursuits, aesthetic refinement, etc., or is contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes.
(initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of ancient Philistia.
(sometimes initial capital letter) lacking in or hostile to culture.
smugly commonplace or conventional.
(initial capital letter) of or belonging to the ancient Philistines.
- phil·is·tin·ism [fil-uh-stee-niz-uhm, -stahy-, fi-lis-tuh-niz-uhm, -tee-], /ˈfɪl ə stiˌnɪz əm, -staɪ-, fɪˈlɪs təˌnɪz əm, -ti-/, noun
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How to use philistine in a sentence
I’d guess that, as with so many other posts, an arts czar’s job would have gone unfilled in the current philistine administration.The culture is ailing. It’s time for a Dr. Fauci for the arts. | Peter Marks | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
We are encouraged to “meet the artisan,” which may have you philistine-ishly reaching for the Doritos.
Lest you think GWS is a snooty philistine, I'll share that I'm a great lover of old English villages and towns.
Before forty there is yet a chance that the budding ninny may desert, and degenerate into a prig, a philistine, or a physician.
They are a philistine remodelling of the Biblical drama, in the same style as his historical pictures.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
He may have been a philistine, as Mr. Symonds calls him, but he was surely a philistine of genius.The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1 | William Painter
To console themselves for their failure they have invented the word philistine, which expresses their contempt for the public.The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
The pressure of philistine conquest at last forced the Israelites with a common voice to "demand a king."Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations | Archibald Sayce
British Dictionary definitions for Philistine
a person who is unreceptive to or hostile towards culture, the arts, etc; a smug boorish person
a member of the non-Semitic people who inhabited ancient Philistia
(sometimes not capital) boorishly uncultured
of or relating to the ancient Philistines
- Philistinism (ˈfɪlɪstɪˌnɪzəm), noun
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