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Philistine

Phil·is·tine

Philistine

 
 
pronunciation:
fI l stin [or] fI l staIn [or] fih lI stihn [or] fih lI stin
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a member of a non-Semitic people of Philistia who repeatedly warred with the ancient Hebrews.
synonyms:
barbarian, boor
similar words:
Babbitt, middlebrow
definition 2: (sometimes l.c.) one who is ignorant of, smugly indifferent to, or hostile to aesthetic and cultural values.
That philistine would never dream of accompanying me to the ballet or the opera.
antonyms:
aesthete
similar words:
barbarian, boor
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: (sometimes l.c.) indifferent to, ignorant of, or hostile to cultural and aesthetic values.
synonyms:
bourgeois
similar words:
barbarian, middlebrow, pedestrian, uncultured, unrefined, unsophisticated
definition 2: of or pertaining to the ancient Philistines.
similar words:
bourgeois