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

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phil•is•tineˈfɪl əˌstin, -ˌstaɪn, fɪˈlɪs tɪn, -tin(n.)

  1. (sometimes cap.) a person who is lacking in or smugly indifferent to culture, aesthetic refinement, etc., or is contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes.

  2. (cap.) a member of a maritime people of Anatolian or Aegean origin who controlled SW Palestine from c1200 to 604 b.c.

    Category: Peoples, Ancient History

  3. (adj.)(sometimes cap.) lacking in or indifferent to cultural values; uncultivated or smugly conventional.

  4. (cap.) of or pertaining to the ancient Philistines.

    Category: Ancient History, Peoples

Origin of philistine:

1350–1400; ME < LL Philistīnī (pl.) < LGk Philistînoi < Heb pəlishtīm; (def. 1 ) trans. of G Philister

phil′is•tin•ism(n.)

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

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.

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