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Definition of Philistine


  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.
  4. Of or pertaining to the Philistines.
  5. Uncultured; commonplace.

Philistine Quotations

Everything about me is a contradiction, and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There's a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don't reconcile the poles. You just recognize them.
Orson Welles

Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.
Vladimir Nabokov

Witticism. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.
Ambrose Bierce

I do admire Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen, but I'm a philistine. I like the good life too much; I'm not good at going on stage night after night and on wet Wednesday afternoons.
Anthony Hopkins

A world of few choices, whether in jeans or mates, is a world in which individual differences become sources of alienation, unhappiness, even self-loathing. If no jeans fit, you'll feel uncomfortable or inferior. If no housing developments reflect your taste for unique architecture, you'll write screeds against philistine mass culture.
Virginia Postrel
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Philistine Translations

philistine in Afrikaans is Filistyn
philistine in Dutch is Filistijn
philistine in Spanish is filisteo
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