Definitions for philistineˈfɪl əˌstin, -ˌstaɪn, fɪˈlɪs tɪn, -tin

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word philistine

Princeton's WordNet

  1. philistine, anti-intellectual, lowbrow(noun)

    a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits

  2. Philistine(adj)

    a member of an Aegean people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC

  3. Philistine(adj)

    of or relating to ancient Philistia or its culture or its people

  4. anti-intellectual, philistine(adj)

    smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values

Wiktionary

  1. Philistine(Noun)

    A person from ancient Philistia.

  2. Philistine(Noun)

    A person who lacks appreciation of art or culture.

    It is Shakespearean, you philistine!

  3. Philistine(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the ancient Philistines.

  4. Philistine(Adjective)

    Lacking appreciation of culture; also philistine.

  5. philistine(Adjective)

    Lacking in appreciation for art or culture

  6. Origin: From Philistinus, from Late Φυλιστῖνοι, from פלשתים, from פלשת.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Philistine(noun)

    a native or an inhabitant of ancient Philistia, a coast region of southern Palestine

  2. Philistine(noun)

    a bailiff

  3. Philistine(noun)

    a person deficient in liberal culture and refinement; one without appreciation of the nobler aspirations and sentiments of humanity; one whose scope is limited to selfish and material interests

  4. Philistine(adj)

    of or pertaining to the Philistines

  5. Philistine(adj)

    uncultured; commonplace

  6. Origin: [L. Philistinus, Heb. Phlishth, pl. Phlishthm.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Philistine

    the name given by the students in Germany to a non-university man of the middle-class, or a man without (university) culture, or of narrow views of things.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. philistine

    A term of reproach used by prigs to designate certain people they do not like.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PHILISTINE

    In Bible times, one who worried the children of Israel; today, one who worries only himself. From Grk. _phloios_, bark, and _tino_, to punish. One who barks to punish.


Translations for philistine

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for philistine »

Translation

Find a translation for the philistine definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these philistine definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"philistine." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 24 May 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/philistine>.

Are we missing a good definition for philistine? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for philistine:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.