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Philistine    : [f'ɪləst,in]
Philistine \Phi*lis"tine\, a.
1. Of or pertaining to the Philistines.
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2. Uncultured; commonplace.
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Philistine \Phi*lis"tine\, n. [L. Philistinus, Heb.
Phlishth[imac], pl. Phlishth[imac]m.]
1. A native or an inhabitant of ancient Philistia, a coast
region of southern Palestine.
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2. A bailiff. [Cant, Eng.] [Obs.] --Swift.
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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. [Recent] --M. Arnold.
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adj 1: of or relating to ancient Philistia or its culture or its
2: smug and ignorant and indifferent or hostile to artistic and
cultural values [synonym: {anti-intellectual}, {philistine}]
n 1: a person who is uninterested in intellectual pursuits [synonym:
{philistine}, {anti-intellectual}, {lowbrow}]
2: a member of an Aegean people who settled ancient Philistia
around the 12th century BC

138 Moby Thesaurus words for "Philistine":
Babbitt, Babbittish, Gothic, Middle American, anal character,
arriviste, barbarous, bookless, boor, bounder, bourgeois, burgher,
cad, callous, calloused, campy, carnal, carnal-minded,
case-hardened, churl, clown, common, commonplace,
compulsive character, conformer, conformist, conventionalist,
deceived, earthly, earthy, epicier, flinty, formalist,
functionally illiterate, general, grammarless, groundling,
guttersnipe, hard, hardened, hardhearted, heathen, high-camp,
homely, homespun, hoodwinked, hooligan, ill-bred fellow,
ill-educated, illiterate, impervious, indurated, insensitive,
inured, kitschy, led astray, looby, lout, low fellow, low-camp,
lowbrow, material, materialistic, methodologist, middle-class type,
misinformed, misinstructed, mistaught, model child, mucker,
mundane, nonintellectual, nouveau riche, ordinary,
organization man, pachydermatous, pagan, parrot, parvenu, peasant,
pedant, perfectionist, plastic person, plebeian, pop, popular,
precisian, precisianist, profane, proof against, public, ribald,
rough, roughneck, rowdy, rude, ruffian, secular, sheep, square,
steeled against, steely, stony, teenybopper, temporal, terrestrial,
thick-skinned, trimmer, unbooked, unbookish, unbooklearned,
unbriefed, uncultivated, uncultured, unedified, uneducated,
unerudite, unguided, uninstructed, unintellectual, unlearned,
unlettered, unliterary, unread, unrefined, unscholarly, unschooled,
unspiritual, unstudious, untaught, untutored, upstart, vernacular,
vulgarian, vulgarist, worldly, yes-man, yokel

35 Moby Thesaurus words for "philistine":
Babbitt, Boeotian, barbarian, boeotian, boob, boor, boorish,
boring, bourgeois, capitalist, clown, commercial, commonplace,
crass, dull, ignoramus, lout, lowbrow, materialist, materialistic,
middlebrow, narrow-minded, prosaic, tasteless, uncultivated,
uncultured, uneducated, unenlightened, unlearned, unlettered,
unread, unrefined, untutored, vulgarian, yahoo

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