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Definition of "philistine" [philistine]

  • Lacking in appreciation for art or culture (adjective)
  • Alternative capitalization of Philistine (noun)

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Use "philistine" in a sentence
  • "I should prefer to take a higher point of view, and apply the term philistine to people who are always seriously occupied with realities which are no realities; but as such a definition would be a transcendental one, and therefore not generally intelligible, it would hardly be in place in the present treatise, which aims at being popular."
  • "Palestine itself did exist; it is the name granted to Israel by the Roman Empire after it quelled the Bar Kochba revolt in 135 CE; it was originally an insult to ancient jews living there as Palestine was from the greek/latin for of the term philistine to describe a mortal enemy of the jews; one who was constantly invading Israel in its early history, before its eventual eradication as a people."
  • "The peculiar characteristic of the philistine is a dull, dry kind of gravity, akin to that of animals."