Definition of Philistine

1. Noun. A person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits.

Exact synonyms: Anti-intellectual, Lowbrow
Generic synonyms: Pleb, Plebeian
Derivative terms: Anti-intellectual, Lowbrow



2. Adjective. Of or relating to ancient Philistia or its culture or its people.
Partainyms: Philistia

3. Noun. A member of an Aegean people who settled ancient Philistia around the 12th century BC.

4. Adjective. Smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and cultural values.
Exact synonyms: Anti-intellectual
Similar to: Nonintellectual
Derivative terms: Anti-intellectual

Definition of Philistine

1. n. A native or an inhabitant of ancient Philistia, a coast region of southern Palestine.

2. a. Of or pertaining to the Philistines.

Definition of Philistine

1. Noun. A person from ancient Philistia. ¹

2. Noun. A person who lacks appreciation of art or culture. ¹

3. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the ancient Philistines. ¹

4. Adjective. Lacking appreciation of culture; also philistine. ¹

5. Adjective. Lacking in appreciation for art or culture ¹

6. Noun. (alternative capitalization of Philistine) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Philistine

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Medical Definition of Philistine

1. 1. A native or an inhabitant of ancient Philistia, a coast region of southern Palestine. 2. A bailiff. 3. 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. Origin: L. Philistinus, Heb. Phlishthi, pl. Phlishthim. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Philistine

philhellenists
philia
philias
philiater
philibeg
philibegs
philibuster
philip
philippic
philippick
philippics
philippium
philipsbornite
philipsburgite
philistias
philistine (current term)
philistines
philistinic
philistinism
philistinisms
phillipsite
phillumenist
phillumenists
phillumeny
phillygenin
phillyrea
phillyreas
phillyrin
philo-
philocrat

Literary usage of Philistine

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1. The Public Life of Capt. John Brown by James Redpath (1860)
"\Vho is this uncircumcised philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God ? 32. And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him ..."

2. The Founders and Rulers of United Israel: From the Death of Moses to the by Charles Foster Kent (1908)
"He soon commanded the absolute confidence of the philistine king of Gath. ... At the same time he must prove his loyalty to his philistine master. ..."

3. The Modern Reader's Bible: The Books of the Bible with Three Books of the by Richard Green Moulton (1907)
"And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. ..."

4. The Holy Scriptures According to the Masoretic Text by Jewish Publication Society of America, Max Leopold Margolis (1917)
"41 And the philistine came nearer and nearer unto David ; and the man that bore ... "And when the philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him; ..."

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