Philistine


Philistine
Philistine [fil′i stēn΄, fil′istīn΄; fi lis′tin, fi lis′tēn΄]
n.
[ME < LL(Ec) Philistinus, usually pl. Philistini < LGr (Josephus) philistinoi < Heb p'lishtim; akin to PALESTINE]
1. a member of a non-Semitic people that lived in Philistia and repeatedly warred with the Israelites
2. [adapted < Ger Philister, orig. student slang for townspeople] [usually p-] a person regarded as smugly narrow and conventional in views and tastes, lacking in and indifferent to cultural and aesthetic values
adj.
1. of the ancient Philistines or their culture
2. [often p-] smugly conventional and lacking in culture
philistinism
n.

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