philistine: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fil'u-stēn", -stīn", fi-lis'tin, -tēn), [key]
— n.
  1. (sometimes cap.) a person who is lacking in or hostile or smugly indifferent to cultural values, intellectual pursuits, aesthetic refinement, etc., or is contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes.
  2. (cap.) a native or inhabitant of ancient Philistia.
  1. (sometimes cap.) lacking in or hostile to culture.
  2. smugly commonplace or conventional.
  3. (cap.) of or belonging to the ancient Philistines.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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