Origin of philistine
Synonyms for philistine
Related Words for philistinismblindness, oblivion, disregard, illiteracy, bewilderment, insensitivity, incapacity, darkness, unconsciousness, rawness, fog, unawareness, simplicity, innocence, vagueness, unfamiliarity, nescience, dumbness, sciolism, incomprehension
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Historical Examples of philistinism
Philistinism was the note of the age and community in which he lived.De Profundis
The latter represented freedom and cleverness at war with philistinism.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
To say that you do not like them is confession of your own philistinism.The Feasts of Autolycus
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
This want of understanding is called by some of us your Philistinism.The Intellectual Life
=Philip Gilbert Hamerton
So the good woman had said, showing her lack of geist—her Philistinism.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
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.