philistine
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈfɪləstaɪn/
Adjective

philistine

  1. Hostile to or lacking in appreciation for art or culture, or having no understanding of them
Translations Noun

philistine (plural philistines)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Philistine#English|Philistine

Philistine
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈfɪl.ɪ.staɪn/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈfɪl.ɪ.staɪn/, /ˈfɪl.ə.stin/, /fɪˈlɪ.stin/
Noun

philistine (plural philistines)

  1. (usually, capitalized) A person from ancient Philistia.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Judges 16:23 ↗:
      Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice;
  2. (usually, uncapitalized) A person who lacks appreciation of art or culture.
    It is Shakespearean, you Philistine!
    • 1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 4, Abbot Hugo
      what could poor old Abbot Hugo do? A frail old man; and the Philistines were upon him, – that is to say, the Hebrews.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 259d.
      trying to separate everything from everything else is not just poor taste but is the mark of a total philistine and someone with no feeling for philosophy.
Related terms Translations Translations Adjective

philistine

  1. Of or pertaining to the ancient Philistines.
  2. Lacking appreciation of culture; also philistine.
    • 1948, 18th Century England, in LIFE, page 124 ↗,
      Walpole, moreover, left England not only more corrupt than he found it, but crasser and more Philistine.
    • 2002, Louis Auchincloss, The Heiress, in Manhattan Monologues, page 33 ↗,
      Miles was taken seriously by the great dames of Manhattan society and was not scorned by even the most Philistine of their husbands.
Translations
  • Russian: филисти́мский



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