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


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


  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


    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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