philistine

[fil-uh-steen, -stahyn, fi-lis-tin, -teen]
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noun

(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.

adjective

(sometimes initial capital letter) lacking in or hostile to culture.
smugly commonplace or conventional.
(initial capital letter) of or belonging to the ancient Philistines.

Nearby words

  1. philippus,
  2. philips,
  3. philips, ambrose,
  4. philistia,
  5. philistian,
  6. philistines,
  7. philistinism,
  8. phillip,
  9. phillips,
  10. phillips catheter

Origin of philistine

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin Philistīnī (plural) < Late Greek Philistînoi < Hebrew pəlishtīm

SYNONYMS FOR philistine
Related formsphil·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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British Dictionary definitions for philistine

Philistine

noun

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

adjective

(sometimes not capital) boorishly uncultured
of or relating to the ancient Philistines
Derived FormsPhilistinism (ˈfɪlɪstɪˌnɪzəm), noun

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